This story was first published on March 4, 2014
Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts the deadly ‘snow snake’. According to the message, the snake’s venom will fatally freeze the blood of those bitten. It warns that four people in the United States have already been bitten.
The warning is a hoax. There is no such snake. There is no snake venom that freezes the blood in the way described. Nobody has died from the bite of any ‘deadly snow snake’. In fact, the ‘snake’ in the image appears to be nothing more than a rubber model that has been strategically posed for the photograph.
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.
According to a message that is currently circulating via social media, the blogosphere, and email, people need to watch out for the deadly ‘snow snake’ which emerges in cold weather. The message claims that a bite from a snow snake freezes the victim’s blood and there is currently no cure. It warns that three people in Ohio and one person in Pennsylvania have already been bitten.
The message asks that people share the information with others in the hope of saving as many people as possible from ‘this deadly snow snake’. For added impact, the message features an image supposedly depicting one of the snakes.
It has been suggested that the snake has not been seen before because it was forced up by deep-well natural gas drilling.
However, the message is nothing more than a silly hoax. There is no snake like the one described in the message. There is no snake venom that freezes the bite victim’s blood. And, nobody has died in the US or anywhere else from the bite of such a snake.
Moreover, a closer examination of the image – especially the snake’s head and tongue – reveals that the supposedly deadly reptile looks suspiciously like a harmless rubber toy that has simply been posed for the photograph.
And, for the record, because snakes are cold-blooded, they are not likely to ‘come out’ or be more active in cold weather as suggested in the message.
Many may view the fake warning as a relatively harmless prank. But sending it on as a legitimate warning will likely cause unnecessary fear and alarm in some quarters.