Madagascar Giant Hognose Snake

Madagascar Giant Hognose Snake

Madagascar Giant Hognose Snake
Leioheterodon madagascariensis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Colubridae

Range

Madagascar and the Comoro Islands


Habitat

Sandy soils of the mixed grasslands, and dry and tropical forests of the island


Diet

Mammals, lizards, amphibians, and eggs

Size

Up to 6 ft.

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Largest type of hognose snake (those with the upturned snouts).
  • They have large eyes with protruding scales above them that act as protection from blowing dust.
  • These snakes are terrestrial (ground-dwellers) and diurnal (active during the day).
  • They use their hog-like noses to dig in sandy soil using a sweeping, side-to-side motion.

 

Conservation

Least Concern
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