If disturbed by a predator, the Eastern Hognose have several ways to defend themselves. First, they will inflate their necks to look bigger, and they will hiss loudly and strike. When they do this, they very much resemble cobras, which we do not have in our area. If looking tough doesn't work, they will play dead. They are very good at it. The snake will roll over and open its mouth with its tongue hanging out. They will even stay limp when they are picked up.