Eastern Hognose Snake
Heterodon platirhinos

Size:  1 1/2 - 2 3/4 ft
Statewide except western portion of the panhandle. The eastern hognose snake is very similar to the western hognose in appearance, with the rostrum less pronounced and an unmarked or plain belly. The easterns are also more variable in color, with various color phases possible, as well as, plain. The eastern hognose is a toad specialist, feeding almost exclusively on toads and frogs. Hognoses will often play dead when threat displays fail to deter predators. Considered a harmless snake, the hognoses have rear fangs and a mild venom which can only cause mild inflammation similar to that of a bee sting (allergic reactions excluded). Venomous bites from a hognose are rare, as hognoses are gentle and not prone to bite. Venomous bites cannot happen from a strike alone (the fangs are set too far back). In one instance of hognose envenomation, the demonstrator held a toad previously and had not washed his hands and simply smelled like food.
Eastern hognose feigning death. Notice the open mouth with tongue hanging out and protruding cloaca. The unmarked belly easily visible as well.