Snake of the Day: Western Hooknose Snake

Today’s snake of the day is a small snake that loves to hide – the Western Hooknose Snake.

This harmless little reptile is found in West Texas, southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and Mexico. It is fairly common to find these snakes in the Chihuahuan Desert, under rocks or burrowed in the ground.

Western Hooknose Snakes eat scorpions, spiders, and centipedes. If you are afraid of any of these, hope that a Western Hooknose is nearby!

These snakes have interesting, “zig-zag” patterns down their backs. Their upturned nose is another identifying feature that gives them their name, and makes them look similar to the Hog-nosed Snake.


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