Envy Hognoses is Proud to Introduce our Western Hognose Collection
In 2008 we purchased two male Western Hognoses on a whim, an extreme red phase and a green phase. We immediately fell in love with their upturned noses, all-bluff attitude and remarkable colors. Since that time we have invested our entire heart, soul and wallet into our western hognose collection. This collection has been built from the ground up with quality only in mind. When purchasing each western hognose for our collection, we drew upon our experience from building one of the best Kenyan sand boa collections in the world at SandBoaMorphs.com. Using those experiences we purchased only the best hogs we could find from the top breeders around the country. Each purchase was made with a master plan in mind, to produce the most colorful and high quality western hognose collection in the world.
Why our Collection of Western Hognoses is Unique
When we started talking to western hognose breeders we quickly realized that the hog community was divided into many different factions that for one reason or another, disliked one another. We also realized that each of the top hognose breeders was very proud of their ‘firsts’ and primarily concentrated their collections on those morphs that they had helped pioneer. This is a common practice in the reptile industry with breeders focusing solely on their own collection and failing to recognize the beauty and uniqueness of their competitor’s collections. We spent over a year evaluating each of the top breeders in the USA’s collections and began purchasing what we identified as the best example of each western hognose mutation across the US. While our collection to date is relatively small, it is of the utmost quality and is a good representation of the quality of western hognoses being bred across the US.
Where can we Purchase a Western Hognose from Envy Hognoses
Envy Hognoses maintains an available for sale page on this website with top quality hogs ready to be purchased and shipped to your door. We also maintain a very active show schedule that can also be found on this website. We primarily vend the Repticon Reptile Show Circuit as the sister company to SandBoaMorphs.com, a sponsor for Repticon. You can find us multiple times a year in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada and California. We keep our show schedule calendar up to date so our fans can see what town we will be in next. Feel free to contact us to find out if we will be at a show near you in the future.
Are Western Hognoses Safe to Own and Handle?
Yes! Western Hognoses are in the colubrid family like the rat snake, corn snake, king snake or milk snake. They are rear fanged and are not venomous. They use the rear fangs to pop the air sack of toads, their main diet in the wild. There has been a few reports of people exhibiting mild localized swelling from western hognose bites but a recent joint study by multiple universities has discovered that their saliva in the wild can act as an irritant to people that tend to have reactions from bee stings and ant bites. They likened the wild caught western hognoses saliva’s toxicity to that of wild caught dart frogs where their natural diet is the cause of the toxicity. When removed from the wild and fed a domesticated food source the toxicity was neutralized. People who react to insect bites adversely should take this into consideration when deciding on the proper snake for them.
I’ve Heard Western Hognoses are Difficult to Feed in Captivity
Western hognoses are happy to eat domesticated rodents from birth. In fact, we have found that most of our western hognose babies prefer a pre-killed frozen then thawed pinky mouse for their first meal. Frozen and thawed pinky mice are available for purchase at any local pet store, including large chains like Pet Smart and Petco. This makes feeding a western hognose very easy. The confusion about feeding a western hognose is when people mistakenly lump all ‘hognoses’ into one category. Their taxonomic cousins, the Eastern and Southern hognoses statistically do not like to eat domesticated rodents. Some people hear ‘hognose’ and don’t realize that there is multiple species of hognoses in North America and unfortunately assume that they all exhibit the same eating habits even though they are found in far different habitats across the USA and Mexico. Western hognoses eat rodents without a problem and while they may enjoy a fat toad or lizard in the wild they are great feeders in captivity on readily available commercial rodents. For a step by step western hognose care sheet, click here.