Warning about ‘zombie snakes’ playing dead.
When all other methods of survival fail, Eastern hog-nose snakes feign ᴅᴇᴀᴅ. Officials in North Carolina have issued a warning to locals about a “ᴢᴏᴍʙɪᴇ snake” capable of appearing to be ᴅᴇᴀᴅ and repeatedly ʜɪᴛᴛɪɴɢ its adversaries when ᴀᴛ.ᴛᴀᴄᴋed.
North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared photos of the snake on its back in a patch of grass, its mouth partially open and its body curled on the ground, on Facebook. While the snake appears to be d.e.a.d or sleepy, the agency notes that it is really using a standard method utilized by the eastern hog-nose snake.
“Let’s play a game instead of monitoring clouds to see if we can keep the weekend weather on track!” “Who is this ‘renowned’ North Carolina snake?” The Facebook post said, and also included four different images of the species of snake. “Is that a cobra?” Is that a ᴢᴏᴍʙɪᴇ snake? “It’s a ʜᴀʀᴍless one,” the message went on to say. The eastern hog-nose snake may be found in areas such as Florida, Texas, and Minnesota. According to the Amphibian and Reptiles of North Carolina, which spoke to the news source about some of the snake’s remarkable survival methods, it’s also apparently prevalent in North Carolina.
“When ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴᴇᴅ, hog-nose snakes hiss loudly and stretch their necks like cobras, earning them the moniker ‘puff adder’ or’ spreading adder.’ “According to a statement issued by the local museum. According to the statement, eastern hog-nose snakes “rarely bite during these demonstrations, but they may sᴛʀɪᴋᴇ repeatedly.”
” The “ᴢᴏᴍʙɪᴇ snake” is not ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍᴏᴜs and is typically not ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs to people. When all other alternatives have been exhausted, the snake will usually resort to “playing .d.e.a.d.” “If the opponent persists, the hog-nose snake will open its mouth, roll over on its back, and writhe about, feigning d.e.a.t.h.” “If rolled over onto its belly, it will promptly roll back onto its back,” the document goes on to say.