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Posted by deathstalker on February 26, 2003 at 12:51:22:
In Reply to: Question About Western Hognose??? posted by latin1956 on February 25, 2003 at 15:04:54:
All three subspecies of Western Hognose Snakes, Heterodon nasicus, have black bellies interspaced with white or yellow; easterns (H. platyrhinos) and southerns (H. simus) have plain bellies, with the tail typically lighter than the belly. To differentiate between easterns and southerns, the latter have sharply upturned snouts like those of H. nasicus ssp., while easterns' snouts are flatter (platy = flat, rhinos = nose).
And yes, westerns are the easiest of the three species of North American hognose snakes to keep because of their eating habits; they will take mice much more readily than the other two species, which makes feeding year-round not a problem.