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A snow ant, a, is the new member of the proverbial Team Ant in SLASH'EM and UnNetHack. It is identical to the fire ant except that its attacks do cold damage instead of fire damage, and it conveys cold resistance instead of fire resistance.
As the snow ant is yet another member of Team Ant, the techniques for disposing of said ants mentioned there also apply to the snow ant. In other words, make judicious use of Elbereth, attack wands and ranged attacks, try to fight them in a corridor or (preferably) near the up staircase, and don't be afraid to run away or use escape items.