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Southern Hog-Nosed Snake

Report Southern Hog-nose Sightings

FWC biologists need help gathering information on the species current distribution.

The southern hog-nosed snake (Heterodon simus), is still locally common on the Brooksville Ridge, uplands along the Suwannee River, and on Eglin Air Force Base, but populations are apparently scarce or extirpated in Orange, Seminole, and Pinellas counties, which have undergone extensive urban development.  Southern hog-nosed snakes are mostly found in sandhill habitat and a variety of open, ruderal habitats with grassy ground cover, including improved pastures. Primary threats are habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation plus highway mortality and collection for pets.