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Eastern Hognose Snake

Thanks to a highly-viewed social media post, half the internet’s up in arms about the relatively harmless Eastern Hognose Snake.

It was a seemingly insignificant post, in the big scheme of things, from the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

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Posted by North Carolina State Parks and Recreation on Thursday, June 6, 2019

It sparked a lot of response, and it even referred to the Eastern Hognose, a common snake in much of the southeastern United States, as a “zombie snake.”

That’s a pretty good way to entice some feigned panic, and the general news sites of the world snatched it and ran with it.

Sure, “zombie snake” is still in our headline, but we’re debunking things for the betterment of outdoor society.

Mainly, we’re thinking of the vast majority of folks who see a term like “zombie snake” and, lacking experience in the natural world, believe what they read and jump to conclusions. Here’s hoping they’re doing the extra reading that’s called for.

What Are We Talking About Here?

We were familiar, but to get a little extra help and information, we turned to the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

The snake that was the subject of the viral Facebook post is known by the scientific name Heterodon platirhinos. You can call them Eastern Hog-Nosed Snakes, spreading adders, puff adders, or deaf adders, depending on where they’re commonly found.

Eastern Hognose Snake

That range goes from parts of southern Canada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin east to New Hampshire, then south to Florida and west to Texas and Kansas. Really, they’re most prevalent in southeast North America, specifically Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. They’re best identified by their upturned snout, used for digging.

They eat frogs, salamanders, small mammals, birds, and invertebrates, but their all-time favorite is toads. They’re rear-fanged, meaning they’re relatively harmless to humans. But, they can “pop inflated toads like a balloon” with those fangs, according to the Florida Museum.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Playing Dead

As part of the Eastern Hognose Snake’s defensive display, it will often flatten out its head and first portion of its body, likely in an attempt to look larger. If that doesn’t work, it employs a trick out of the opossum’s book, and plays dead.

That’s where the whole “zombie snake” thing came from; people’s tendency to see anything in a catatonic state that isn’t truly deceased as a zombie. We’ve got pop culture to thank, I believe.

In any case, the Eastern Hognose will roll onto its back, exposing its lighter-colored underbelly, and lie still. It can even go as far as emitting a strong musk odor and hanging its tongue out of its mouth.

Eastern Hognose Snake

This typically signals a dead animal, and something that may try to eat a snake such as this one might just pass it up in favor of something a little more fresh.

It’s a not-so-crazy tactic used in the wild by a few creatures, just typically not reptiles, or ones that already give people the willies. Again, we’re pretty sure that’s why they’re being sensationalized.

But, if you’re used to being outdoors, among wildlife, you probably already knew most of that. If so, pass on the info, and help prevent even more of society from slipping into the traps that catch us way too often.

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Strategies in duck hunting are ever changing. Ducks are switching up their routines, patterns, and feeding tendencies. Blame it on the weather, farming practices, or pressure, there’s not denying a difference in ducks behavior as the years progress. In order to be successful hunting ducks, we have to “adapt” with them.

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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