SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heterodon nasicus
HABITAT: Prairie land throughout the High Plains
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
Occasionally hognose may strike at an intruder, but in all instances, the strike is short and the mouth is closed. If this fails to frighten off the intruder, it will writhe and contort, disgorge recently eaten food and roll over on its back and play dead. It may remain “dead” for up to 5 minutes.