Pretzel the Hognose

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This blog follows Pretzel, the Western Hognose, as he journeys through life traversing treacherous fluffy blankets, burrowing deep into cavernous pockets, and climbing towering branches! Read More...

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This is Pretzel in his “stinky noodle time-out box” which we use to contain a stinky noodle after he makes a stinky poop.
(He doesn’t like it when the lid comes off, which is why he’s looking so put out.)
The silly doof moved all of his substrate away from the edge of his tank and then attempted to burrow in what was left…  Well done, Pretzel.  You are truly the master of camouflage.
(Sorry for awful quality, the only camera to hand was on my tablet.)
Pretzel’s new viv is very nearly ready for him to move into!

After much kerfuffle, my dad kindly put together Pretzel’s new house today!  All that remains now is to buy some aquarium silicone to seal it, and a new heat mat to fit in the heat mat holder, so hopefully it should be completely ready by the end of the week!  

It’s considerably taller than expected, but at least he can finally make use of all the tank furniture that is too big for his current tank (poor, poor, forgotten Skully).  And I intend to buy a load of decorations over the coming months - maybe I’ll make a snake wishlist to work through!

But yes, very happy this is finally happening as Pretzel can be quite active, and although he hasn’t completely outgrown his current tank I know he’ll appreciate the extra space.

I’ll take some pictures of his new viv later when it’s in place!


Let’s play “What does google think your animal looks like?”
I also like to think of this game as “What is google smoking?”
The game is simple! Pick your favourite animal’s photo, set up a google image search ( press the camera, either upload an image or paste the url of the image if you have it uploaded somewhere and select ‘visually similar images’)
Pick your favourite/the closest example from the first page and reblog this with both photos attached.
Anyone can play and it doesn’t have to be a reptile!
Google thinks our blue tongue skink Artemis looks like…

Oh my gosh, this is an excellent idea that I cannot resist…

Google thinks Pretzel looks like…

A leopard print bathrobe!
(Google also thinks he resembles an anime girl, but then it’s no secret that Pretzel is kawaii as heck.)

Just wanted to say sorry that things might be a bit slow for a while, and I’m going to be closing the ask box for a little bit due to aforementioned personal stuff because I’m going to be up and down to London for the next couple of weeks and it’s all pretty busy and stressful.  I have a couple of things left in the queue though, and I’ll be back to making gifs and things really soon!  Thanks for understanding!

Anonymous :  More pretzel gifs and videos please?! I can't have a snake because I'm in college and I live vicariously through blogs like yours. I love pretzel!

Aw, I’m glad you enjoy Pretzel so much!  I’ll be making more gifs very soon, but unfortunately I’ve got a lot of personal stuff going on right now which might mean the blog is a bit slow to update for a couple of weeks, but I’ll do my best to get it on track as soon as possible! :)

fairypsychic :  How can you tell when a hognose has outgrown its tank? I'm getting my first one soon, and I have a 10 gallon tank to start out with, but is there an age or something like that where I should look in to getting him a larger one?

I’ve heard that the easiest way to judge is to make sure that the snake isn’t longer than the shortest side of the tank, although I’ve seen a lot of conflicting opinions, so if anyone more informed than me would like to offer up info, feel free!

Either way it’s worth bearing in mind that all snakes are different; some snakes are quite active and appreciate lots of space, but some snakes don’t like living in huge enclosures and might even go off their food if they’re in a tank that’s too big (Pretzel is the former!).  But the most important thing is that they have plenty of room to properly thermoregulate.

I’m sorry that I can’t be more specific.  Tank sizes are a thing I’m way more confident judging by sight as I am not brilliant at translating gallons to inches to centimetres, etc etc!

Anonymous :  Hello! I have been wanting to get a hognose for a while and I have done tons of research. Now, well, in two weeks I am going to go to a reptile show and see if I can find an albino female (I want to call her Lulu). I know that you aren't too experienced but I wanted to know if there was anything that you had to say about hognoses. By the way, I am a huge fan of your blog and Pretzel is one of the cutest I have seen (no shit). Thank you so much!

If you’ve done tons of research I don’t think there’s an awful lot I have to say apart from that they’re absolutely awesome snakes that I adore, and I am hugely jealous that you’re getting an albino! :P  But I’m glad you enjoy Pretzel, and I wish you the best in getting Lulu! :)