N.C. ‘zombie snake’ looks dead but is only pretending

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The Eastern Hognose, or “zombie snake,” may look dead at first but only pretends to be when threatened.

North Carolina State Parks and Recreation posted a photo of the snake to Facebook, promoting their “Year of the Snake program,” and the post has received a lot of attention.

N.C. wildlife officials say the snake is harmless.

When it feels threatened it will spread its neck out, hiss like a cobra and strike multiple times. Although, it rarely bites and mainly plays dead when threatened.

The Eastern Hognose is a famous N.C. snake, and it gets its name from its upturned nose that it uses to dig for toads, its main food source.

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