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Piggum's nosing about!



This is Chief Piggum, a cute little Western Hognose Snake from North America. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that his little nose is upturned, just like a pig snout, thus his name and the species name. Hognose snakes use this upturned nose like a little shovel and dig their way around.

Sometimes they do this to hide, lots of birds would like to eat a tasty little snake like Piggum, but sometimes they do it to find their own food! Hognoses have been known to use their powerful shovel-like noses to dig up hibernating frogs and lizard eggs.

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