St. Louis Co., Missouri. February 17, 1976.
I was exploring a small cave with a couple friends when I found my first hognose. I emerged first, wet and muddy and blinking in the sunlight, and in front of me this creature reared up and spread its hood, hissing at me. What in the world was this snake doing out and about in late winter, on a day with temperatures in the upper forties? It was a good-sized hognose, close to three feet in length, and shot with gorgeous browns and dark orange. I’ve not seen many like it since – pictures here are of one similar, found in North Carolina back in 2008.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.