Mike Gersten encountered this fellow doing his best cobra imitation near Greenfield. If he had pressed it further, he would have seen it go into its rattlesnake imitation, coiling and vibrating its tail in the leaves. If that failed it might have struck but it would not have opened its mouth.
As a last resort, it would have rolled over and played dead with its mouth open and tongue sticking out. If it were rolled back right side up, it would immediately roll over again and resume the dead act. Very interesting reptile, and not exceptionally common in this area, the eastern hog-nosed snake. Most of ours are dark like this fellow. In other areas, they have several different color patterns.
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