Overstimulation / Privacy
Many people get excited about bringing their new pet home but do not allow enough time for the Western Hognose to adjust to their new set-up before handling. Over-handling even a tame Western Hognose can lead to them being overwhelmed and could potentially be a reason for going off of food. Try to keep the socializing sessions short and we advise minimal contact for the first week to two weeks of the snake's arrival.
Some Western Hognoses don't use their hides, preferring just to burrow or stay out in the open, but shyer Western Hognoses may require multiple hides and deeper substrate to feel secure. Having their enclosure in a very bright or noisy part of your home may also cause a feeling of insecurity which may lead to the snake refusing food. In more extreme cases the enclosure may need to have a dark blanket or paper placed over it during mealtime.