North Carolina Park officials caused people to worry when they sent out a Facebook post about zombie snakes.
But the state’s Division of Parks and Recreation was just sharing information about the eastern hognose snake’s habit of playing dead.
Similar to an opossum, the snake will often role onto its back, convulse and then lie motionless with his tongue hanging out when threatened.
Sometimes the snake will hiss and inflate its neck like a cobra to try to scare away predators.
The Park officials say you can relax because eastern hognose snakes aren’t vipers.
They don’t have any venom and they almost never bite.