Snow Snake found in Ohio and Pennsylvania - Internet/Facebook Rumour
This is the deadly snow snake. It has bitten 3 people in the state of Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. Its been spotted in other states. It comes out in the cold weather and at this time there is no cure for its 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 following message warns readers about the “snow snake” found in Pennsylvania and Ohio, which comes out in cold weather and is responsible for several deaths and its bite causes ones blood to freeze.
The message is utter nonsense, and the snake is entirely fictional. Snake are cold blooded reptiles and cannot live in cold weather conditions, thus such a snake could not exist. Snakes that live in cold climates will hibernate during the cold season.
Additionally there is no snake that can cause the blood to freeze as a reaction to its bite.
The snake in the photo appears to be nothing more than some kind of rubber toy, and not a real snake.
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