Reply To: Western Hognose
I’ve heard that hognoses can be a little mean from a lot of breeders I’ve talked to, but they’re very easy to take care of! Handling is just difficult. Mine in particular has no issue being held, but she does NOT like being picked up. From what I understand, their temperament is a nature instead of nurture thing, so I think it’s just how she is. I think the last owner tried to handle her a lot more than I have, so that also may be why she’s calmed down a bit since I’ve had her. Luckily, they close-mouth strike, and they VERY rarely bite people. Generally that only happens if you’ve handled food and they smell it on your hands. They have a tendency to get excited to eat and will strike at anything moving. Feeding tongs are very important as a result!