Western Hognose Snake Bite

The Western Hognose snake, also known as the Heterodon Nasicus, is a  small-sized venomous snake in different parts of North America.

This snake gets its name from its unique upturned snout, which gives it a distinctive appearance.

Despite being venomous, Western Hognose snakes pose no serious threat to humans, and fatalities from their bites are rare.

Western hognose snakes are primarily diurnal and feed on small prey, including mice, voles, lizards, frogs, and insects.

They use their upturned nose to dig through the soil for prey.

They swiftly strike and immobilize prey using venom.

Unlike snakes, they don’t coil around their victim but swallow it whole with their wide-open jaws.

The symptoms of a Western hognose snake bite may vary from mild to severe and can occur within minutes to hours.

Common symptoms include pain, swelling, redness at the bite site,  numbness or tingling in the affected area, nausea, vomiting, and  headache.

More severe symptoms that may occur in rare cases include respiratory distress, muscle weakness, and anaphylaxis.

Call for help: Immediately call for emergency medical assistance or dial 911.

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