Zombie Snakes on the Rise in the U.S. Seen one in Arkansas Yet?
Many years ago, there was a song that had the lyrics "I don't like spiders and snakes." Well, those lyrics are so true for so many people out there. Because there are so many varieties of snakes venomous and non-venomous that could slither and hiss their way into your life unexpectedly. Have you heard of the zombie snake?
Zombie snakes or Eastern Hognose snakes are on the rise in the United States and are making their way across many of the states. So far I haven't heard of one in Arkansas or Texas but it's not like we're all out there snake hunting to find one. Let's just say, it is very likely there already here, according to this map.
First of all, when you hear the word zombie snake you automatically think they are poisonous but they are actually non-venomous and can't harm a human. They feed mainly on toads as their special meal of choice.
The zombie snake may shed its skin but it will not come back from the dead, however, they are very ominous to look at because of their dark spotted colors, beady eyes, or demon eyes, what I call them.
They are named the zombie snake because when threatened or you come into contact with one they can flip over on their back and pretend to be dead, they even let their pitch-forked tongue hang out of the side of their mouth to confuse their prey. I call them deceitful like the devil, I'm saying.
Once they fake their death, they will stay that way for a long period of time until the threat is over, so in a sense, they rise from the dead and slither away. In North Carolina, these snakes have become such a nuisance that the Park and Recreation Department had to issue a warning to its citizens living there.
These reptiles are also known as puff adders because they can also spread their necks out like a cobra and they hiss very loud too. These snakes are typically about 30-45 inches long with a thick body.
The zombie-like hognose snake can raise up like a rattlesnake and lunge at you but again their venom is very weak to a human and can't hurt you.
But still, do you want to take that chance? We will keep you posted if we spot one in Arkansas or Texas. With a name like HOGnose, we got to have one in Arkansas just for grins. Woo Snake!