This Missouri Snake Pretends to be Dangerous But Will Play Dead
I did not know that Missouri had a snake that really is a comedian. It's the eastern hog-nosed snake that is truly harmless, but will pretend to be vicious before eventually pretending that it's dead.
I didn't just start doing snake research out of nowhere. This was inspired by a Missouri Department of Conservation video share on Facebook today.
The snake in the Missouri Department of Conservation video is a young one. Imagine running into a larger mature blue-eyed snake like this that had a flat head and was throwing a hissy fit. Nope. I'll pass.
I have rarely run into any snakes during my Missouri adventure time. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation website, the eastern hog-nosed snake is likely to be found in wooded areas and river bottoms which we have a more-than-ample amount of. If you have an area with toads, you likely have one of these snakes nearby as that's their main food source.
The Missouri Department of Conservation website does mention that these snakes do have a couple of fangs on the upper jaw, so that's an even bigger nope from me.