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Leioheterodon geayi

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Order  Squamata
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Reptilia
Suborder  Serpentes

Similar  Leioheterodon, Leioheterodon modestus, Leioheterodon madagascariensis, Ithycyphus miniatus, Compsophis

Leioheterodon geayi


Leioheterodon geayi or the speckled hognose snake is a species of mildly venomous snake native to southwestern Madagascar.

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Etymology

Leioheterodon geayi Leioheterodon geayi The Reptile Database

The specific name, geayi, is in honor of French naturalist Martin François Geay (1859-1910) who collected the type specimen.

Description

L. geayi can grow to a total length (including tail) of 90–140 cm (35–55 in).

Leioheterodon geayi Leioheterodon geayi Snake Database

It is an opisthoglyphous ("rear-fanged") snake, having a pair of enlarged teeth at the rear of each maxilla (upper jaw).

Care

Leioheterodon geayi Leioheterodon geayi Snake Database

With the right care, the speckled hognose snake is relatively easy to care for. Because it is mildly venomous, tongs should be used when feeding. Speckled hognose snakes should be housed in a vivarium or plastic tub, and should have 2 hideaways, one on the cool side and one on the warm side. One of the sides should be moist. They should have deep substrate for burrowing and should have good ventilation. They normally inhabit deserts so a more arid environment should be provided. Their temperature range should be 75 °F at night and 90 °F during the day. Because they love to burrow, their substrate should be 2–3 in (5.1–7.6 cm) of aspen wood shavings. They primarily eat mice, but they also eat birds, amphibians, and lizards, (not that they should be fed that in captivity).



Leioheterodon geayi Leioheterodon geayi Snake Database
Leioheterodon geayi

References

Leioheterodon geayi Wikipedia


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