COMM: In Texas, photographer Kenneth came across this hognose snake. This particular
serpent has distinctive characteristics. It has an upturned snout and stout small body
that only grows up to 120 cm in length. COMM: But this snake is perhaps best known for its rather surprising, yet effective defence
mechanisms. COMM: When the snake feels threatened, it flattens its head and hisses to ward off predators. COMM: Sometimes striking out as if to bite its attackers. COMM: Effective you might think and this has earned it several nicknames, such as blowing
adder and flathead. However, if the impressive hissing doesn’t work, the snake begins its next tactic. COMM: It plays dead. COMM: Or in this case, it pretends to die a slow and painful death by thrashing about
in a very dramatic way and what could be called an Oscar-worthy performance. COMM: Rather melodramatic some might say. COMM: But it seems to work for this little reptile, who stays dead until it feels the danger has passed. COMM: And then carries on with its daily business.