Found this incredible little dude in my parents pool skimmer! Glad to know such awesome herps still exist in Houston.
Under grapevine in pine needle duff. Sorry I couldn't photo his head... It was nestled in and I didn't want to move it.
Displaying inflated head and neck area ... also hissing and making fake striking movements ... typical first line of defense when threatened.
Very cool to see. Credit to Phil for spotting it first.
Spotted crossing a hiking trail in the middle of the day.
Weight 293 gms
Heterodon platirhinos, commonly known as the eastern hog-nosed snake,spreading adder, or deaf adder, is a harmless colubrid species endemic to North America. No subspecies are currently recognized.