National Park Warns Visitors Of 'Zombie' Snakes

The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation has issued a warning for a snake that "pretends to be dead".

The Eastern Hognose snake defends itself by lying on its back and faking its death.

Its name comes from its upturned nose, which is used to help dig up toads for eating.

Despite the reptile's nondescript features, the zombie snake was dubbed "famous" on the organisation's Facebook page.

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"Who is this 'famous' NC snake? A cobra? A zombie snake? It’s a harmless one!" the post read of the reptile, which is sometimes known as a Puff Adder.

The snake will first hiss and spread its neck like a cobra when disturbed, according to Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina.

"If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around," the website says.

If the snake -- which is non-poisonous -- is troubled additional times, it will "immediately roll again onto its back" and fake its demise again.

In addition to North Carolina, the reptile can be found in most eastern U.S. states. It can grow up to about 1.2 metres.