'Zombie snake' that will 'play dead' can be found in Indiana


RALEIGH, N.C. (WTHR) – Parks and recreation officials are warning people about a so-called "zombie snake" that likes to "play dead."

The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared photos of the "zombie snake" on its Facebook page.

According to the Indiana DNR, eastern hog-nosed snakes can be found in dry, open habitats such as fields and forest edges. They can often be found in sandy areas where they use their snouts to make burrows in the loose soil.

"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," North Carolina State Parks and Rec wrote on Facebook.

The snakes are non-venomous but the NCPR is alerting residents to be on the lookout for the snakes because they defend themselves by lying on their backs and playing dead.

NCPR says the snakes are harmless and rarely bite while playing dead but they may strike repeatedly.

According to the Indiana DNR, the snakes can be found statewide.

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