: The first image seen here shows a young northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix), which can be found in southern and eastern Ohio. It grows to between two and three feet in length, and can be copper, orange, or pink in color. The snake camouflages itself in the leaves, where it waits to catch its prey of rodents, birds, and frogs. The copperhead is venomous, and although it generally will not attack humans unless provoked, a large number of people are bitten by stepping on the snake.
The second photograph shows an eastern hognose (or hog-nosed) snake (Heterodon platyrhinos), which gets its name from the turned up, pig-like nose that it uses to dig for toads. Its coloring can range from yellow and brown to black and gray, making its nose the best method for identification. Averaging 18-30 inches in length, the hognose prefers habitats of dry, sandy areas like fields, meadows, and upland hillsides with few trees. In addition to toads, it also eats frogs, salamanders and small mammals. The snake is diurnal and can be found throughout Ohio except for the northeastern corner. Although the hognose will display aggressive defensive behavior when threatened (resulting in colloquial names like the puff adder and hissing viper), it is not venomous to humans, and will often change tack and play dead if its bluff does not work.
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