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Posted by Tim Madsen on March 04, 2003 at 15:30:22:
In Reply to: could someone please help me here????? posted by jimfmcdonald on March 03, 2003 at 23:48:55:
::how do I tell if I have PULCHERS or MATOGROSSENSIS . I looked on the hognose.com site but i still dont know for sure , i have a 1 year old female and a 2 year old male . the female is fater,and has a much larger head then the older male, and she has a lot more of the black tipping on the scales than the male. so are they both the same or do females differ from males in these ways ?? I will put there pictures on here if someone can tell me how to post pics .. thanks . JIM
They are most likely Pulchers, most in the states are. There is no way to tell for sure without seeing the animals. Females are much larger than males for all of the Hognose from the Western Hemisphere. There is a very good description of both of these snakes at Hognose.com. If you don't understand the Taxonomic lingo, it would be a good idea to get a book on the subject. Also there is a description of taxon terms in the Petersons field guide with drawings. I hope this is of some help.