Puff Adder

By William T. Hathaway

Puff Adder (Heterodon platyrhinos)

“Puff Adder” is one of several names for the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platyrhinos). Photgraphs are as follows:

  1. A view exhibiting the spreading head.
  2. Front view of spreading head.
  3. A profile of head and conspicuous snout.
  4. A color variety of a local hognose captured in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
  5. Plate 5 shows the characteristic of the tail which is often held in a tight, flat coil.
  6. Plate 6 shows how the snake plays “possum.”

All photos above were taken in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Also see a close-up view of the Puff Adder's head; this photograph in larger format; a Puff Adder's remarkable ruse; and more snakes.)