3/9/2018 9:42:32 AM

The Eastern Hognose snake is slithering into Huron County. There have been multiple reported sightings recently in the Goderich area already this year.

Huron County Animal Control Officer Bob Trick says that if you have an encounter with an Eastern Hognose, there's no reason to be afraid.


As Bob said, they can look scary, but they really aren't. They eat mainly small amphibious creatures, mice, insects, eggs, and dead stuff.

The Eastern Hognose has a stocky body, flat head, wide neck and large fangs in the rear part of the mouth and can be yellow, red, orange, brown, grey, black or olive-green in colour.

The Hognose is a threatened species with the main threat it faces being habitat loss. The nearest population is in the Pinery Provincial Park area, so it's good to see that they are starting to populate areas further North.

If you happen to come across one, don't hurt it. Get a picture if you can and submit your sighting to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.


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