Venomous Snake Gets Loose Near South Carolina Apartments

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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (CNN) - A very venomous snake could be on the loose in a South Carolina neighborhood.

People at Harbor Pointe Apartments in Mt. Pleasant are being warned to watch where they step.

A gaboon viper, one of the most venomous snakes in the world, got loose.

"They're not very active. They sit and ambush prey, so it's not unlikely for them to be sitting for days in one spot without moving," said LeJohn Roberson, a snake handler in the area.

Friday, managers at the apartment complex warned residents after discovering snake skin, which they believe belongs to the viper, in nearby bushes.

The snake is estimate to be three to four feet long.

Raymond Convigton, an animal removal expert, says while the threat of the snake is around, folks need to be more cautious than normal.

"Keep an eye on your feet until this is possibly caught and just monitor where you walk. Don't go into high densely-forest areas."


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