Two Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes

By | April 18, 2020

The two Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes below were together when I spotted them on the side of the road here in Arkansas. I wasn’t sure what they were and was educated when I posted a photo on Facebook. The color was what threw me off. I read that these snakes color pattern is extremely variable. It can be red, green, orange, brown, gray to black, or any combination thereof depending on locality. They can be blotched, checkered, or pattern less. The belly tends to be a solid gray, yellow, or cream-colored.

Sometimes called “puff adders”, this snake when confronted, will suck in air; spread the skin around its head and neck (like a cobra), hiss, and lunge pretending to strike.

Eastern Hog nosed Snake
Eastern Hog nosed Snake
Eastern Hog nosed Snake
Eastern Hog nosed Snake

How I Got The Shot – Two Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes

I was walking a road near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas when I spotted these two snakes together near the side of the road.

I was hand-holding a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.

Camera Settings For First Photo

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/950 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

Camera Settings For Second Photo

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f6.3
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/300 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

Here is a snake that I photographed last week: Snake Inside A Duck Nest Box