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Eastern hognose snake

Eastern hognose snake
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University, Bugwood.org
An Eastern hognose snake

The eastern hog-nosed snake (Heterodon platirhinos), also known as the spreading adder and by various other common names, is a species of mildly venomous rear-fanged snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to North America. There are no subspecies that are recognized as being valid.

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