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Western Hognose Snakes

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by Vanessa, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

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    I have three - an adult male who is around seven years old, a juvenile male just over a year old, and a juvenile female who will be a year old in October.
    All three have distinctly different personalities, so you can't judge them by their reputations, or the experiences of others. My adult male is a bit cranky inside his enclosure, my juvenile male has never even hissed at me once and is as sweet as can be, and my juvenile female is an absolute drama queen who hisses and faux strikes even if I'm just walking by her tank. All three are just fine once you get them out and completely calm down. I don't handle them that often, but I do make an effort to get them out for short periods so that they remain sociable and so I can take a quick look at their condition.
    I wasn't looking for snakes, but I encountered a situation where the males needed a new home fast. I won the female in a contest. I did some very quick research and figured that I could handle their care and I do have friends with a lot of hognose experience who I could rely on. They really are very easy to care for - they are a temperate species and are extremely hardy with a much wider window of error than the more tropical species. Fasting is a bit of an issue and is the only con for a brand new snake person. Also, they are rear fanged venomous and some people can have a very bad reaction to being bitten. Bites are extremely rare and usually always take place when someone is being careless while feeding. Despite the show they put on, they are very reluctant to go beyond hissing, flattening, and faux striking with their mouths closed.

    My adult male, Gabriel.
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    My juvenile male, Oliver.
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    My juvenile female - the drama queen - Bianca.
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  2. AzJohn

    AzJohn Arachnoking Old Timer

    Very nice snakes. Makes me wish I had an extra room.
     
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  3. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    My mother almost bought one at a reptile show. If I ever got back into reptiles, I’d probably get one of these. They’re so cute!!!
     
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  4. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    They are chocked full of personality. I have never hated snakes, and always loved visiting with my friend's snakes, but I never thought I would have any of my own. These guys are really something else and are such lovable little derps.
    A lot of people don't think they make good beginner's snakes, but I don't agree with that. Other than the venom, and fasting, there is really nothing else that you can say that is negative about them. They remain on the smaller side, so they don't need huge enclosures. They like it dry and warm which is dead easy for someone like me, being in Canada where it is so dry for months. They are hardier than many of the other species that people consider good beginners - like ball pythons. And their availability and price have become far more reasonable in the last few years.
    I would definitely say they are a good species for beginners.
     
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  5. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    You have to love hogs.
     
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  6. draconisj4

    draconisj4 Arachnobaron Active Member

    They are so cute! My daughter just got 2 of them a couple weeks ago. I wish I had more room, I'd love to have one.
     
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  7. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I'm saving up for one as we speak.... Gorgeous snakes, thanks for sharing!
     
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  8. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Not that westies aren't stunning because they most definitely are but if you already haven't have a look at tri coloured hognose snakes too.
     
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  9. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I know...I absolutely love your Harley Quin, but I haven't seen a tricolor hognose for sale here. And considering the 'ordinary' westies are over €100 euros, I can imagine what a tricolor costs!
     
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  10. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Westies are stunners anyway.