Name: Gabriel I.
Hi, I was talking with my mom one day, and we were
talking about snakes, the conversation turned towards snow snakes, so my
question is: is there such a thing a snakes that do not hibernate in the
I also have searched the web and found that snow snakes was once a game
for children, but I just want to know if there is really such a thing a
Okay. I do not know much about snakes, but I can bet that snakes in tropical
areas (where there is not much of a cold winter) do not hibernate.
The only snow snakes I have heard of are the ones that wait on ski slopes for
an unsuspecting skier (like me), and then grab his skis as he goes past.
Plop! Down goes the skier. It happens to me quite frequently,(well, it did
when I lived where I could go skiing) but I have not actually SEEN any of
those little snow snakes yet. I guess their camouflage is very good.
Seriously, though, I have never heard of an actual snow snake.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
Dear Gabriel, there is no such thing as a snow snake. All snakes either
hibernate or move to warmer climes during the winter. A "snow snake" refers
to a tree branch just covered with snow. On wintery camp outs, the older
always frightened the younger ones with cautions about the "snow snakes".
The old hands also sent the rookies off in search of left-hand smoke chimneys
to keep the smoke out of the campsite.
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