Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake
A medium-sized snake with a heavy body and an upturned snout. The color is highly variable. Ground color is gray, tan, yellow, brown, or olive. Sometimes there is a series of brown blotches on the back. Sometimes the snake is dull-colored and lacks markings. Some are jet black. The belly is gray, yellow, or pink, mottled with gray or greenish gray. The underside of the tail is normally lighter than the belly. There is always a pair of large, dark brown or black blotches behind the head. Hatchlings are more colorful than adults, with numerous brown, black, tan, yellow, or orange blotches that may form bands toward the tail. When approached, this harmless snake can hiss loudly and spread its head and neck like a cobra. It may even "strike"—though it does so with its mouth closed. If this defense fails to ward off an enemy, the snake may thrash around, open its mouth, roll over, and play dead.