The North American snake Hognose or the zombie snake or the snub-nosed snake has an interesting characteristic. When feeling threatened, the majority of snakes often give warning signs such as puffing or shaking their tails to warn the opponent that it can attack at any time.
However, with North American snake Hognose, they are not. Instead, snakes Hognose faked to deceive the enemy.
To scare off threats, the snake initially draws in air and pushes the gill up like a cobra. They also make hisses and show that it is very agitated. But if these moves are not effective and make the opponent fear, it has another health trick that is pretending to die.
According to the site, it summarizes information about amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina reptiles, if the predator does not feel frightened by the threatening scenes, even pecking ahead of the snake, it will pretend to die by opening his mouth, rolling and writhing for a while before lying on his back to signal that he is dead.
How to threaten the enemy of the snakes Hognose quite similar to cobra
It can even stop breathing, giving off a terrible smell to increase its conviction for death. Of course, after the enemy is gone, it will crawl again quickly to escape the enemy.
This is the segment of North American snake Hognose
The death is quite honest, making the enemy without any doubt
Even if you shake the snake, it doesn't move at all
Considered in the animal world, snake Hognose is a real actor and it deserves to be the best actor award in the Oscars for animals. Most of the rivals of Hognose are not suspicious of its "convincing" death.
Most of them left because they thought the snake was actually dead. There are very few species that are smart enough and cunning to know the plot of a snake. But if they knew the deadly trick of snake Hognose, it would probably die in despair.
From a scientific perspective, the action of the Hognose snake is in fact a defense mechanism of its own and it does indeed work very well. But the reason behind the effectiveness of this fake death act is really unexpected. Most species prefer prey to be fresh and kill and eat themselves.
But when they witnessed the prey and died suddenly before they could attack, they could be suspicious and considered a sign of their prey or poisoning and death. Therefore, not every species dares to eat prey to die before being killed.
In addition, there is some speculation that, because this snake often hunts poisons, it is possible that they have stored toxins in the body and only secreted through the skin during shaking time. If predators smell strange smells, especially poisonous smells they will not foolishly approach the snake pretending to die.
Although it belongs to the snake family, the snake Hognose is not as poisonous as many of its relatives. They rarely bite people and usually hunt small animals, including amphibians and rodents. Although it does not give them the tools to hunt like venom and sharp fangs, it gives them incredible talent for acting.
The North American snake Hognose learns to "fake death" when threatened instead of rushing to bite the enemy like other snakes.
Refer to Odditycentral