The color of this snake varies wildly. However, there are 2 types of appearances that are common here in Virginia. One is the pattern phase with black or brown blotches with body colors being a bunch of combinations of gray, tan, pink, yellow, orange, and red. The other common phase here in Virginia is the Melanistic phase, where this snake is uniformly black with no discernible pattern.
The name “Hognose” comes from the shape of it’s upturned nose, which looks like the nose of a hog or pig. They use their noses for digging.
This snake is usually between 20 to 33 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 45.5 inches. The record found in Virginia is 44.5 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 7 to 10 inches long.