Plains Hog-Nosed Snake
The plains hog-nosed snake differs from the eastern hog-nosed snake by having a sharply upturned snout and black pigment on the underside of the tail. This species has always been quite rare in the state and has not been seen for many years. The shovel-like snout is used to dig out prey items which are detected by smell. Like other hog-nosed snakes, this species is known to play dead in self defense.