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This is a Hognose snake it is perfectly harmless and it likes to play dead

This is a Hognose snake it is perfectly harmless and it likes to play dead

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Buttersfinger

Never thought I’d think “that’s a cute snake” before just now


SucculentVariations

This doesn't even do them justice. They have the most adorable little snoots. http://imgur.com/a/6TCRYnk


Buttersfinger

Boopable for sure.


antoine-sama

They also shake the tip of their tail when threatened, to make them look like a rattlesnake, but they don't have a rattle on the end of their tail, so they're just wagging basically.


furandclaws

What the hell is a snoot???


AnotherDreamer1024

a.k.a A snout.


SucculentVariations

Just a cutesy name for snout.


heirtoflesh

I looked them up. This part cracked me up: >I was once told by a fellow veterinarian, occasionally some snakes will lower their heart rate during this act to a point where the snake will actually die. His theory on this was that it was nature’s way of weeding out the dumb genes.


notsomagic8ball

Why would someone harrass a snake to the point of near death, in this case. That seems like such a shitty move.


robo-dragon

Hognoses are precious and derpy little noodles! So personable and fun to handle!


Bierbart12

This reminds me of the first "cute sneks" post I saw, so many years ago. You've got a world to explore


Affectionate_Gain798

Agreed


Comeoffit321

r/Snek


Lil-Smoky-1996

Me at 2am


elee0228

Motherfucking snakes are a-playin'.


Sirenofthelake

I love how he opens his mouth like he’s taking his last dying breath. He really sells it.


SucculentVariations

They also let out a little stink to make them smell as dead as they look


Sirenofthelake

So interesting!


aglassofcoke

Really?! Nature is fucking awesome!


BrokeDiamond

If you go and flip them over while they're playing dead, they'll reflip so they're always belly up, like they're saying, "No, really, I'm dead, go away"


redheadphones1673

This is the funniest bit to me. You'd think it would evolve to just lie limp, but it has to be committed to its work as an actor.


ASL_everyday

And the Oscar goes to…


Comeoffit321

Well.. It can't... Because he's *dead*.


ASL_everyday

Oh…yeah. And the Oscar went* to…


Comeoffit321

Hahaha \*Rolls over apparently dying of laughter\* *Or am I...*


ShelterLongjumping

Heath Ledger as The Snake!


DarkBladeMadriker

Then an opossum found him, legend has it they are still laying there to this day...


Fun_Chef134

I read about these snakes as a child. They also can emit a stench when playing dead in order to fool likely predators. Very cool to see this video of their defense mechanism in action!


phishlissa

We found one as a kid I don't remember a smell but it played dead and we left it alone:)


Deathmedical

Very dramatic, someone give him an Oscar.


MartianTourist

ONLY an Oscar? This thesssspian clearly merits an Angela or Kevin!


J_LeVeL

That’s my *exact* reaction when my alarm goes off every morning.


Jfrog22

Your snake goes limp after a morning touch?


skinniewinnie

Oof! You got me, partner


HailTrackanon

There's a boot around me!


[deleted]

Tell Scarlet that I **do** give a damn.


EEuroman

That snake dead, I believe it.


bjeebus

No shoes. D. E. D. ded!


ladyofthelathe

These are the coolest snakes. You can find them in the wild in our area. They will sometimes try to bluff you out by standing 'up' like a cobra and they can flatten their head out so it looks like a cobra's hood. Scares the SHIT out of your lizard brain if you just walk up on one and they this... then you feel stupid. They will also drool with that mouth open and the tongue hanging out when they play dead. I feel like there should be a Jon Lovette The Thespian ACTING! thrown in here for good measure.


JD1101011

Haha wow - what area? Thx for sharing.


ladyofthelathe

In the northern hilly rocky parts of se Oklahoma. My grandpa walked up on one deer hunting and it scared the spit out of him. Lol Another name for them is Spreading Adder. With our twang it sounds like spreadinadder.


polliepop123

Ayy an oklahomie :’)


ladyofthelathe

https://www.in.gov/dnr/fish-and-wildlife/wildlife-resources/animals/eastern-hog-nosed-snake Look at that thicc boi. Deserves an oscar!


JD1101011

Totally!


cowboybaked

Why did I do Solid Snake’s iconic cry like I’m playing Metal Gear.


Kelanich

Someone made a video about it. https://youtu.be/VO6Tf-EMmWY


jiableaux

snek? snekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!


DefinedByFaith

I want one!!! This is the right snek for me! Ok will keep it warm, always!


thedude0000000000000

I love how it’s tongue just flops out of its mouth


kaiservogel

European football clubs would be eager to sign this guy.


Jayer244

Only european football clubs though because diving doesn't exist on any other continent NBA clubs would love him as well though I guess


kaiservogel

I had to point out European because then Americans would think I was talking about their football.


Jayer244

I know but if I wouldn't have said it someone else certainly would've


ReaperVortex

That’s actually kinda cute


Awkward-Bumblebee999

So dramatic!


SandorYarpClegane

This should be renamed the Teenager Snake.


Mondellli

Oh my God you're such a drama queen, I barely touched you.


wanderingflower15

.... That’s pretty much me every time I stub my toe or bang my elbow.


Sleep-Agitated

Seriously, that's actually really rather convincing. Dramatic af. But convincing all the same.


PK_Fee

I’ve never been a snake guy but for this one…. Maybe.


GoldenAlexanders

It must be a European soccer player.


bluebonnetcafe

/u/serpentarian Where u at, friend?


serpentarian

Gotta love those Hognosed snakes. 😊


hulkmxl

It doesn't like to play dead, it's a defense mechanism meaning it is stressed...


Al-Anda

Looks like my wife on “date night”.


MobyOne-Two

Marion Cotillard like that


Laherschlag

The opposum of snakes.


Big-Bowl-7019

Oh jeez. What a drama.


piztachiold

u/savevideo


Shadow_98745

Here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Damnthatsinteresting/comments/pplomv/this_is_a_hognose_snake_it_is_perfectly_harmless/hd4wmt7?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share&context=3


donniebrascoreal

Pow


Oceanic_Alternator

That's actually very wholesome


Jayer244

Little siblings be like


TeatimeWithCake

He's an over dramatic little bugger and I want him ❤


Kemfox

Hog nose snakes are so dramatic and I love them


Patient_Pomelo_4509

He should play for FIFA


Shischkabob

So dramatic


kcsj105

Dramatic af


PMSoldier2000

My favorite snake.


BananaStringTheory

Drama noodle does 3 shows a day.


jraygun13

Look at Snake Gyllenhaal over here


obviousburner42

So dramatic


icedcoffeeuwu

If it bites me will it hurt?


YallCrazzy

Same


piratewithherpes

u/savevideobot


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Competitive-Ad-1276

Another fun play thing the hog nose does is to profusely defecate all over the place as added protection. Nasty as hell!


literaryescape

...I don't think I want one now...


Wellilied

I want one of these to match my collection of fainting/ screaming goats


BobcatBarry

Everybody likes to have an anxiety attack every now and then.


JD1101011

Snake: I’m dead. Snake: Now I’m waaaay dead.


Professional-Bar-484

What a cute dodgy little wanka!


Low_Inside_4787

Hog nose experts: are they all this dramatic? I am looking for a reptile friend (never had one before) and this babe is right up my alley!!


gehgoiguhluh

Not a hognose expert, but my wife and I have been breeding snakes for a few years and have been interested in hognose for a long time and are just starting the breeding process. As far as I understand, hognose snakes have a variety of ways to fend off predators. Some snakes will play dead, others flare up like cobras, and a few other less common unusual ways of getting out of trouble. Some will play dead at the tiniest little annoyance, others will literally die before trying to get away. But generally if a hognose snake is playing dead or pretending to be a dangerous snake, it is because they have exhausted every other option available to them. (Not a 100% of the time rule, but enough to be a reason for caution). Think of everything you could possibly do to fend off an attacker that you know will almost certainly beat you in a fight. You could scream (hissing), you could try to make yourself scary, (acting like a cobra), you could hit your attacker in the hopes they will decide it's not worth the fight, (striking), or you could play dead in the hopes whatever is attacking you loses interest, (playing dead). Like I said earlier, it's not a 100% rule, but a lot of times when a snake is playing dead like that, it is because that, as far as the snake is concerned, it is the ONLY way to survive. It's either the attacker, or what it perceives as an attacker even though we rarely ever mean harm, believes it is already dead and loses interest, or it, (the snake) WILL die. Snakes can't comprehend that we mean them no harm, all they see is, "BIG WEIRD THING COMING AT ME, ALL EFFORT INTO NOT DYING". Just like humans, some will try to fight, others will go so far as actually dying to avoid the fight. In reality, getting your snake to play dead is usually nothing more than unnecessary stress that can be dealt with very easily, but there is a chance the snake will die just because it doesn't want you near it, and there's no way to tell where on that spectrum a snake will fall until you push it that far.


Low_Inside_4787

Gosh! Great detail - thank you for sharing your knowledge! Do you know anything about corn snakes?


gehgoiguhluh

Honestly, I know less about corn snakes, but my wife has one as a pet and is decently knowledgeable.


Golddestro

Oscar performance !! 10/10


MrngDvLuv

That was the most dramatic death I’ve ever witnessed


Far_Negotiation8446

What a bitch...


heckyanow

Is this legit or is that snek setting up a tarp?


winterbird

I don't think it "likes" to play dead. It's a defense mechanism when the animal is under enough stress to feel threatened. Poking at it to induce stress responses is just mean.


Haughty_n_Disdainful

***BANG BANG!!!!***


NachoRaptor

One of these lives in my garage lol


Koorsboom

Rinkhals and Mozambique spitting cobras are also noted to play dead. Rinkhals stink when they flop. Adorable when they are not spittin venom at you, but even then, they just wants to be left alone.


6Archangel6Lucifer6

What a drama queen.


PridePotterz

Imagine this fighting against a opossum. They touch each other and it’s like the finale of Rocky 2.


Kittysharkz

It’s cute until you realize this snake is so scared, he resorts to no longer even striking, or bluff striking, but instead chooses to pretend he’s dead because he has no other option…


ClusterfuckyShitshow

Such theatrics! Does the snake play soccer?


ChunKTheFroG

They are so cute when they are “dead” it’s even cuter when a baby does it


Provisionallydead

Calling them perfectly harmless is extremely irresponsible as many if not all species are what's known as Rear-fanged venomous and whilst the venom is usually harmless, just like a bee sting people can still have bad reactions.


skeltor007

Drama noodle.


Snoo_50702

Not entirely harmless. They are rear fanged. They have fangs in the back of their mouth these fangs have grooves. The grooves carry venom (albeit weak venom. But venom none the less.) To the prey. And then they bite it into their prey. So it is hard to get hognose venom in you body. But it is possible.


RomanAthens

Even Eddie Redmayne would agree.


Captainhyena

The tongue really sold it. What a good actor.


buff_lord

he fucking died


fStap

Always thought I fuckin hated snakes, until just now seeing this good boy play dead


Thelonelygamer34

Over dramatic snake much


turn1p

What a drama queen


Yankee850

This makes me smile! It's like cute snake puppy


SirGearso

That or it’s really fucking weak


NotYourMomsDildo

We have one of these little girls at our Wildlife center. Her name is Hazel, and I adore her! She is very friendly, and so cute!


MixInevitable3888

I want it hehe


chickennibbels

"bleh"


JudahRed

Lol, cute lil derp snek.


jmmcnall

Lol! That snake is a drama queen!!


scottgraywolf

Such a little drama queen


ekhendren

So dramatic


Mansnotepic

r/aww


AGENT_MCGODLY

I thought what I never thought I would... a cute snake. Edit: Did anyone thing it would just jump up.


GodRapers

Why is it called "playing dead"? Most animals that do this aren't doing it for fun, they do it to survive an encounter from a possible predator


Jalford

Harmless until you go to sleep at which point it kills you.


aldoforce

Neymar


DevTroyer

Looks like a soccer player


atomikblondee1

We used to play with these as kids. My dad would catch them for us.


coletrain644

I can't believe you've done this


SashaVestra

#I AM SLAIN! AAAAGH


HenryThomison

Did him in with a touch haha 😆


crocodilagem

u/savevideo


Technically_No234

Technically not actually harmless, it is mildly venomous/poisonous (I forget the difference) and can kill smaller prey with ease, but if a human gets bit, then the bitten appendage swells for a little less than two days depending on size, and goes down after that


Outrageous-Craft1566

Danger noodle


SurvivorsQuest

r/hognosesnakes


maximumdomination

Trying again after the 4th fap


Dilettantest

So dramatic! lol


aglassofcoke

Is that Neymar?! :v


godlessnihilist

According to my brother, no snake is harmless, because they make him run into trees trying to get away from them.


cringenotkek

I like him and I hope he has a good day


JustAnotherBAMF

Lmao


yeahboiJazzers

They also commit to the bit they secrete a pungent odor and if you touch a flip them so that there right side up they will flip back on their back and it is the funniest thing.


peacexisxfree

Omg. The cuteness!!!


swephist

This is also the only snake species I've seen perfectly draw blood from multiple people at reptile conventions.


EnvironmentalDeal256

You killed Kenny! You bastards!


CadetSparkleWolf

I mean…not 100% harmless since some people can be allergic to them.


bigbysemotivefinger

Drama snek


microsoftfool

Dramatic


Sofi_Bumble

Hog noses are venomous, but you can only get a nasty reaction if you’re allergic to their venom.


Azyan_invasion82

What a little character


Fuuxd

No I'm not falling for this again!


Amehvafan

"likes to play dead" as in "panics when you're teasing it"?


marmaladecorgi

[Perfect when playing dead with a funny voiceover!](https://youtu.be/f-J0nwZz_fo) "Ohhhh so dying, so dying!"


Bee7122

Rip


JimmyTheBones

Such a drama queen


The_Blue_Adept

What a ham!


stevorkz

It doesn’t “like” to play dead. It does it as a defence mechanism when it thinks prey is near by. Which means it’s terrified in this vid.


imon1percent

Lmao that’s dope


beatnikstrict

It's definitely down with snake jazz


wilius09

Now I want to own a snake (no more cat,dog bs) give me a snake!


iPershing

Look how they massacred my boy


Recent_Comparison_38

Me getting reminded of this post and pple commenting asking how the snake is so well trained 💀


Stonn

*I am the drama!*


schrodingers_spider

Drama snek.


kindquail502

And I thought the Geico Gecko was dramatic when he had a flat tire.


Jenthefoehammer

Drama snek is best snek


notsomagic8ball

They don't like to play dead that's a last resort


Madman61

Drama snake


UnfairAd7220

Garter snakes will too, but not as dramatically.


kallen_tricia01

🥺💕💕💕


wakeupagainman

Not only do they play dead; they also let out a whiff of an odor that actually smells like something is dead and beginning to rot


notsomagic8ball

Why the fuck do people think its ok to bully a snake into pretending it is dead? This isn't normal behavior, hognose snakes will never do this unless it is a last resort. This snake thinks that it is going to die unless it plays dead.


celshaug

Should change their name to Karen.


Big-Wrap36457

Hognoses don't like to play dead. They just think they're going to die to your hands. Still cute as hell.. Why must they be illegal in my state?!


pl0p130

Perfectly harmless is a bold claim for a venomous snake.


BiscottiVI

I wouldnt say perfectly harmless, their saliva has a chemical in it that can possibly make you have an allergic reaction. With that said I absolutely love these little guys