Will A Bite From This Snake Kill You?

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QUESTION: Will a bite from the snake pictured above kill you?

ANSWER: No. Although the Western Hognose can both flatten its head to look like a cobra, hiss loudly, and is known to shake its tail in dried brush to mimic a rattling sound when threatened, the hognose is non-venomous.

Actually, this “spreading adder” is about as threatening as a non-venomous, toad eating snake can get. The hognose does deserve a lot of credit for putting on a great show, we think. 

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