Hoaxes & Rumors

Deadly Snow Snake: Real or Fake?

Deadly Snow Snake: Real or Fake?

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?

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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 Photo

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.

Bottom Line

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

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  • goldencountry

    It was good for a laugh.

  • G. Thomas Boston

    Even so, if you see a “snow snake” avoid stepping on it. The extra loss of friction provided by a toy snake on ice or snow could prove to be hazardous.

    Actually, since snakes are cold-blooded, one that only comes out in the snow and frigid weather would be more appropriately named the “suicide snake”.

    • John Baker

      I don’t know about that. The rubber snake might actually give you a bit more traction. 😉

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