Heterodon nasicus nasicus

Plains Hognose Snake

Heterodon nasicus nasicus

Basic info

Common names
  • Western Hognose Snake
  • Plains Hognose Snake
Species nameHeterodon nasicus nasicus

Further Reading

Temperatures & Season

Day time temperatures

Background summer24 - 30 °F
Background winter14 - 18 °F
Basking spot28 - 30 °F

Night time temperatures

Background summer20 - 24 °F
Background winter14 - 16 °F


Winter treatmentsbrumation, cooling
Photoperiod summer14 hours
Photoperiod winter10 hours


Microhabitats are specific small habitats that an organism inhabits within its broader environment. These can vary greatly depending on the species and can give us insights into the preferred living conditions of each reptile. Understanding these microhabitats can be key to providing the correct care for these animals in captivity.

  • Fossorial
  • Rocks, crevices or burrows
    Rocks, crevices or burrows
  • Foliage or shrubs
    Foliage or shrubs
  • Grassland or savanna
    Grassland or savanna

Ferguson Zones

Ferguson Zones are a way to classify the amount of UV light that reptiles are exposed to in their natural habitats. These zones help us understand and replicate their natural light conditions in captivity, promoting the health and wellbeing of the reptiles. Below, we detail the specific Ferguson Zones of the Chinese Water Dragon, along with recommendations for replicating these conditions

The Ferguson Zone in which the Plains Hognose Snake has been placed has been chosen based upon an assessment of its typical basking behaviour and likely microhabitat in the wild.

Partial sun or occasional basker
UVI range avarage: 0.7-1, UVI max recorded: 1.1-3

Recommended lighting methods in captivity

Shade method

This method provides low-level 'background' UV at levels matching the Ferguson Zone Range, over a large portion of the enclosure. The highlighted area in the table below represents this range for the Plains Hognose Snake.


Sunbeam method (only for large enclosures)

This method uses the 'Max UVI Recorded' value as a guide for the upper limit of the UVB gradient in captivity. This maximum should be the highest level which a Plains Hognose Snake can obtain at its closest approach to its UVB lamp. The highlighted area in the table below represents this range for the Plains Hognose Snake.


More in-depth information about Ferguson zones can be found here: https://jzar.org/jzar/article/view/150


These are the biomes the Plains Hognose Snake was found in. Click here to learn more about terrestrial ecoregions and biomes.

  • Temperate Grasslands, Savannas and Shrublands
    Temperate Grasslands, Savannas and Shrublands

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  • Mo
    Montane Grasslands and Shrublands

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  1. Baines, F.M., Chattell, J., Dale, J., Garrick, D., Gill, I., Goetz, M., Skelton, T. and Swatman, M. 2016. How much UVB does my reptile need? The UV-Tool, a guide to the selection of UV lighting for reptiles and amphibians in captivity. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 4, 1 (Jan. 2016), 42–63. DOI:https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v4i1.150.
  2. iNaturalist. Available from https://www.inaturalist.org
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