Although I had featured some strange antics of the Hognose Snake in past articles, this snake has pulled a new trick on me. I spotted a crunched snake along the graveled edges of a local dirt road. Pulling the car to the shoulder of the road, I walked back to identify the poor snake that had suffered such a cruel fate. Much to my surprise, the snake was colorful and unblemished. It lay there motionless.
My camera revealed an astounding camouflage mode: a somewhat zigzagged body, a scattered puckering of body parts and a blending in with its surroundings. When threatened, this hognose (puff adder) usually spreads its head and neck, hissing loudly to feign ferocity. Its instinct for this present behavior is another hint that nature is replete with actions that arouse our curiosity.
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