To promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians,
to encourage respect for their habitats, and to foster responsible captive care.
The eastern hog-nosed snake (Heterodon platirhinos) is a harmless snake occasionally
seen in north Texas. They are active during the day and they use the raised scale
at the tip of the snout to burrow in sandy soil in search of toads which are their
preferred prey. Hog-nosed snakes have a dramatic routine that they use when threatened
- they flatten their necks, cobra-style, hiss and make jerking movements as if striking,
and if this does not work, they roll over and play dead. Despite all this, they do
Welcome to the DFW Herpetological Society website! We invite you to learn about
our society, the benefits of membership, our monthly programs, educational events,
field trips, or just learn a few things about the reptiles and amphibians that are
DFWHS Events: May, 2013
Need to identify a snake you’ve seen? Click here for a guide to identifying venomous
snakes of north Texas.
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David has been a major part of the DFW Herpetological Society since its early days,
and he is the artist behind the society’s logo. David is an award-winning medical/scientific
illustrator whose company is Illumination Studios. David will talk with us about
how his lifelong interest in herps has been intertwined with his art.
Snakes of Tarrant County
DFWHS will have a display of north Texas snakes and other herps, at the Fort Worth
Nature Center & Refuge. For more information, see the Education page.