Someone needs to stop showing woodland creatures episodes of The Walking Dead. Park and recs officials in North Carolina are warning folks to be on the lookout for a “zombie snake”, meaning a snake that defends itself by pretending to play dead…until you get too close!
While this type of snake – a hognose – isn’t poisonous, they do like to also pretend to be a cobra and will bow up, hiss and spread out their necks if you get too close.
To add to the nightmare fuel, these snakes aren’t known to bite but they have no problem striking repeatedly. Oh fantastic. Note to self: don’t go into the woods in NC. I already don’t go anywhere near snakes… ever.