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WorldOfficials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead

02:24  12 june  2019
02:24  12 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Parks and recreation officials in North Carolina issued a warning about a so-called " zombie snake " in the state that tends to " play dead ." It racked up dozens of reactions and comments from residents , including a few who said they’d never heard of a snake with such bizarre survival techniques.

Parks and recreation officials in North Carolina issued a warning about a so-called " zombie snake " in the state that tends to " play dead ." The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared images of the eastern hognose snake on its Facebook page, warning residents to stay alert if they happen

Parks and recreation officials in North Carolina issued a warning about a so-called "zombie snake" in the state that tends to "play dead."

The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared images of the eastern hognose snake on its Facebook page, warning residents to stay alert if they happen to come across the creature, which defends itself by lying on it's back and pretending to be dead.

"Instead of watching clouds to see if we can keep weekend weather on track, let's play a game! Who is this ‘famous’ NC snake? A cobra? A zombie snake? It’s a harmless one," the organization wrote in a lighthearted Facebook post.

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North Carolina State Parks and Recreation officials shared images of the eastern hognose snake on the agency's Facebook page, warning residents to stay alert if they happen to come across the creature The eastern hognose tends to resort to playing dead when other defense mechanisms fail.

Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead © North Carolina State Parks and Recreation via Facebook Parks and recreation officials in North Carolina posted images on it's Facebook page, June 6, 2019, warning about a so-called zombie snake. It racked up dozens of reactions and comments from residents, including a few who said they’d never heard of a snake with such bizarre survival techniques.

The reptiles vary in colour but the most common ones are usually brown or grey with dark brown blotches. It isn't poisonous, but they tend to display cobra-like qualities, according to Amphibian and Reptiles of North Carolina.

"When threatened, hognose snakes hiss loudly and spread their necks like cobras do, resulting in the nicknames 'puff adder' or 'spreading adder,'" Amphibian and Reptiles of North Carolina said in a statement. "They rarely bite during these displays, but they may strike repeatedly."

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Officials with the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation said the " zombie snake " tends to lie on its back and play dead .

North Carolina State Parks and Recreation officials shared images of the eastern hognose snake on the agency's Facebook page, warning residents to stay alert if they happen to The eastern hognose tends to resort to playing dead when other defense mechanisms fail. "If the antagonist continues

Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead © North Carolina State Parks and Recreation via Facebook North Carolina parks and recreation officials shared images on it's Facebook page on June 6, 2019, warning about a so-called zombie snake.

The eastern hognose tends to resort to playing dead when other defence mechanisms fail.

"If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around. If turned over onto its belly, it will immediately roll again onto its back," the statement said.

The hognose, which can grow up to about four feet in length, is found throughout the eastern parts of the country, from Florida and Texas to Minnesota, according to the Florida Museum. Urban myth says "hognose snake can mix venom with its breath and is thus able to kill a person from a distance of twenty-five feet," but the museum said that couldn't be further from the truth.

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"In truth, its breath is harmless," the museum said in a statement.

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Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead
Officials warn residents of 'zombie snake' that tends to play dead

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