Snow Snake Hoax: There’s no ‘Deadly Snow Snake’ Bite Deaths in Ohio, Pennsylvania; Blood Freezing is Fake
Snow Snake Hoax: There’s no ‘Deadly Snow Snake’ Bite Deaths in Ohio, Pennsylvania; Blood Freezing is Fake

A viral Facebook photo and rumor says a “deadly snow snake” has bitten three people in Pennsylvania and Ohio, causing their “blood … to freeze.”

It isn’t real and there’s no such thing as a “snow snake.”

“This is the deadly snow snake. It has bitten 3 people in the state of Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. It’s been spotted in other states. It comes out in the cold weather and at this time there is no cure for it’s bite. One bite and your blood starts to freeze. Scientist are trying to find a cure. Your body temperature start to fall once bitten. Please stay clear if you have see it. Please forward this and try to save as many people as we can from this deadly snow snake,” the fake post reads.

It has an accompanying photo of a snake but it appears to be a white-colored rubber snake, according to hoax-debunking website Snopes.

Snakes, like other reptiles, are cold-blooded and rely on external heat to stay alive. They can’t survive outside in freezing, snowy conditions.

There’s also no such thing as a snake that causes one’s blood to “freeze.”

Snakes and reptiles enter into a state similar to hibernation during the winter, going underground or seeking shelter until winter ends.

  • Raini Way

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say there’s absolutely no such thing as a “snow snake.” But this rubber thing definitely isn’t it. There is one species of snake that occurs above the Arctic circle, where it’s common for snow patches to remain year round. Yes, this species is venomous, but due to its small venom yield and relatively mild disposition, it is not considered terribly dangerous, and treatment for its bites often require only monitoring for infection and simple pain management. This “snow” snake, the common European adder (Vipera berus), lives in Eurasia, not North America. Also, in the northernmost extensions of its range, it’s usually black, not white. Elsewhere it’s usually either brown or gray.

  • femanvate

    this is so dumb, it’s more fun to just let it run and see who among your friends actually believes it. No reptile can function in these sort of temps, and the purpose of their venom is to secure food, not terrorize humans by freezing blood

  • Haley Kimbler

    there is such thing as snow snake they just don’t freeze blood

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