View Full Version : Western Hognose Question

10-18-2007, 10:30 AM
Hello, I am very interested in buying one of these beautiful snakes, but was wondering if they really are no threat to people? I read that they are rear-fanged venomous, and wanted to ask people who own them.

Thank you.

10-18-2007, 02:51 PM
They are a great snake. The "venomous" aspect is a huge debate. Don't submerge yourself in this. The hognose snake has a wonderful little attitude and great disposition. I have a pair and love them to death. They pose no real threat to people. Bites rarely occur, and the ones that do happen are often due to a feed response when people smell like food. They put on a nice little defensive display, but is more often than not a huge bluff. I would highly recommend this snake species to anyone who is looking to get their first snake.

Hope this helps!

Robert Charvat

Fantasy Boas
10-19-2007, 10:29 AM

I have a pair of these guys also and I love them to death. They definitely can put on a show but once in hand they are super gentle and laid back.

10-19-2007, 05:56 PM
Thank you both for the replies! :)

I want to get him, he is so cute. When you look in his tank at the pet store, he comes over to glass to check everyone out. It is really cool. He seems friendly, but I didn't get a chance to handle him, I only had a few minutes to pick up a few things. So hopefully next time I get down to the pet store, I will go ask to hold him. :)

10-21-2007, 04:51 AM
Some people can have an allergic reaction to the venom rather than from the venom. It's supposed to be on a par to having a bee/wasp sting if you are allergic to them. There is a story (complete with pic) out there on the net somewhere of some guy with a swollen hand from a hoggy bite but it is generally regarded that he deliberately let the snake chew on him for a while instead of removing it. :rolleyes_

My hoggy female is an adult and she's an absolute darling, loves being handled and coming out. Only time she gets p**d off with me (but not biting) is this time of year when I try to feed her a mouse and she doesn't want to know (she fasted for 3 months last year)

10-29-2007, 12:16 AM
actually, they are a GREAT beginner snake to have. They are docile and not high maintenence. ive had mine for three years, and she doesnt even DO the bluff hissing anymore (as much as i annoy her to, cuz its so cute) lol.

Tim Cole
10-29-2007, 11:13 AM
Don't hesitate in acquiring one. :thumbsup: