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PLAINS HOGNOSE SNAKE

(Thamnophis sirtalis)

Picture of a plains hognose snake

Figure compliments of Joseph T. Collins

Area where the plains hognose snake can be found in South Dakota

Characteristics

  • Sharply upturned snout
  • Dark blotches along center and sides of body
  • Belly and underside of the tail blackish
  • Keeled scales
  • Nonvenomous (mildly venomous to its prey)
  • Diet: frogs, toads, salamanders, and small
    mammals
  • Habitat: prairies with sand or gravel/floodplains
  • Distribution: statewide