Recently I had the opportunity to drive down to one of my favorite spots, the Sandhills of NC, to look for wildlife. I was fortunate enough to find a snake I had previously only longed to find. The Southern Hognose snake, similar to the western hognose that I use in my programs. Like all hognose snakes, this guy puts on an amazing threat display and it did not disappoint. These guys are getting increasingly more rare in NC due to habitat loss and other issues like invasion of fire ants in their habitat. I look at these amazing animals and thank God for his creativity. Only a loving designer could create such a remarkable animal!
We took a trip to Southern Pines, NC to look for reptiles and amphibians and were pleasantly surprised to find a male and female pair of Eastern Hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) right next to one another. They both showcased their defense mechanisms of spreading their necks, mock striking, hissing, and eventually rolling over to play dead. Isn’t God awesome for creating such an amazing animal!!