You can tell our Malagasy giant hognose snakes by their most distinguishing feature – their upturned snouts. They use their hog-like noses to dig in sandy soil using a sweeping, side-to-side motion.

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Snakes are not slimy! Their scales are similar to fingernails and they are actually dry and slightly rough to the touch.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Leioheterodon madagascariensis




Length of 1.8 m (5.9 ft.)

Conservation Status

Least Concern


Humid and dry forests, shrublands and grasslands.


Small birds, rodents and reptile eggs.