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Learn how to scent pinkies with frog scent to encourage Hognose Snakes to eat, along with expert tips on snakes and exotic pets in this free pet care video clip. Expert: Brian Kleinman Contact: www.riversidereptiles.com/ Bio: Brian Kleinman, is the owner and operator of Riverside Reptiles, an educational company. He have been working with amphibians and reptiles animals for over twenty years. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso
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The Eastern Hog Nose has a very specific diet. The hognose snake is one of a very short list of creatures that can and will actually a toad frog. Most books on the subject of keeping the Eastern Hog Nose as a pest will, with good reason strongly discourage the endeavor. Finding a live frog is not always possible especially in the winter months. Western Hognose snakes are much easier to train to eat small mice or better yet pinkies but the Easter will rarely if ever eat anything other than frogs. I have trained mine to eat frog legs which can usually be purchased in the frozen seafood section of many supermarkets. I will normally use a sharp knife to split the frozen pair of frogs and then allow one of the legs to completely thaw before presenting it to the snake. By using tongs I am able to give the frog leg a lifelike hopping motion and she takes it right away. This way, feeding my eastern hognose snake is fun and safe. This video is neat because it not only shows the snake pursuing the prey but it also shows the limited resources that the toad has for escaping the snake. Notice how the toad is puffed up and tries to tilt to the side the snake is on in an effort to make it harder for the hognose to get it's lower jaw underneath.