N.C. (WTAJ) — Officials with The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared photos and some info on the “Zombie Snake” on their Facebook. The snake takes its name by rolling over and playing dead as a defense mechanism against predators.
As part of their “Year of the Snake” program, the snake, an eastern hognose, is featured because of its unique trait.
The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation want to clear the air that the “Zombie Snake” is “harmless in nature and that it doesn’t actually die, it just plays dead for its own protection.”
You can find more information on various types of “eastern” snakes by checking out their Year of the Snake website by clicking here.