hognose snake
noun Date: 1736 any of a genus (Heterodon) of rather small harmless stout-bodied North American colubrid snakes with keeled scales and an upturned snout that seldom bite but hiss wildly and often play dead when disturbed — called also hog-nosed snake, puff adder

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  • Hognose snake — may refer to:* Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen , a.k.a. the northern copperhead; a venomous viperid found in the eastern Unites States. * Heterodon , a genus of harmless colubrid snakes found in North America.Wright AH, Wright AA. 1957. Handbook… …   Wikipedia

  • hognose snake — ☆ hognose snake [hôg′nōz΄ ] n. any of a genus (Heterodon) of small, harmless North American colubrid snakes with a flat snout and a thick body: also hognosed snake …   English World dictionary

  • hognose snake — /hawg nohz , hog / any harmless North American snake of the genus Heterodon, the several species having an upturned snout and noted for flattening the head or playing dead when disturbed. [1730 40, Amer.; HOG + NOSE] * * * Any of three or four… …   Universalium

  • hognose snake — hog′nose snake [[t]ˈhɔgˌnoʊz, ˈhɒg [/t]] n. ram any harmless North American snake of the genus Heterodon having an upturned snout …   From formal English to slang

  • hognose snake — noun harmless North American snake with upturned nose; may spread its head and neck or play dead when disturbed • Syn: ↑puff adder, ↑sand viper • Hypernyms: ↑colubrid snake, ↑colubrid • Member Holonyms: ↑Heterodon, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hognose snake — noun A type of colubrid snake characterized by an upturned snout, notorious for playing dead when threatened …   Wiktionary

  • hognose snake — noun a harmless burrowing American snake that has an upturned snout and inflates itself when alarmed. [Genus Heterodon: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • hognose snake — /ˈhɒgnoʊz sneɪk/ (say hognohz snayk) noun any of the harmless American snakes constituting the genus Heterodon, notable for their hog like snouts and their curious actions and contortions when disturbed …   Australian English dictionary

  • Snake skeleton — A snake skeleton consists primarily of the skull, vertebrae, and ribs, with only vestigial remnants of the limbs. Contents 1 Skull …   Wikipedia

  • Hognose — Taxobox name = Hognose Snake image caption = Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platyrhinos regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata subordo = Serpentes familia = Colubridae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision =… …   Wikipedia

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