A warning circulating on social media claims that a deadly snow snake has bitten several people in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Is this warning real or fake?
It is Fake
Social media claims about a deadly snow snake are untrue. Let’s take a look at what is being circulated:
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 snake in the description – and the accounts of bite victims – are completely fabricated. No such snake exists, nor do any of the symptoms described.
The image of a white snake slithering across the ground appears to be that of a toy snake, as evidenced by the white color of the tongue.
Albino snakes, while rare, do exist in the wild. The photo above, however, does not show such a creature.
There is no deadly snow snake, nor has anyone been bitten by such a creature. The image in circulation appears to merely show a toy snake on the ground.
Updated December 11, 2014
Originally published March 2013