Okay, so maybe they’re not actually smiling… LiveRoof, LLC Production Manager Michael Termolen caught this pair of eastern hog-nosed snakes lounging on LiveRoof modules at our production facility. When they spread their necks and hissed at his approach, he quickly snapped a photo of the display and caught one “smiling.” Locally, we refer to them as “puff adders” because they defensively puff up with air and hiss when threatened.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the hog-nosed snakes are declining in West Michigan, as they are often mistaken as dangerous. Despite their appearances, these snakes are harmless to humans and are more interested in hunting toads than attacking people.
You probably won’t find snakes on your green roof… unless it is at ground level… but LiveRoof modules help recreate habitat, typically for winged species that can get to the roof top. Killdeer birds, butterflies, and ladybugs are only a few of the many species that enjoy planted rooftops.