Eastern Hognoses (Heterodon platirhinos) are a species of harmless snakes found all throughout Virginia. Adult snakes average 28 inches, and the females of the species are larger than the males. Their name is given to them by their upward turning snout which they use for digging.
This snake is considered a rear-fanged snake, but any venom they may secrete is not considered dangerous to humans. Their fangs are located so far back in their mouth that it is very unlikely they would make contact even if you were bitten. They are primarily used for puncturing toads to deflate them just before swallowing. The Eastern Hognose snake will actually go out of its way to scare off predators as opposed to biting.