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Dangerous Gaboon Viper possibly loose inside Mt. Pleasant complex

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The Gaboon Viper is native to west and central Africa The Gaboon Viper is native to west and central Africa
The skin that was found at Harbor Point Apartments. The skin that was found at Harbor Point Apartments.
Management posted a warning on doors and in common areas around the complex. Management posted a warning on doors and in common areas around the complex.
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC -  It all started when the maintenance man at Harbor Point Apartments found a bizarre looking snake skin shed. Management then made a few calls and they were told it is the skin of a Gaboon Viper a very poisonous and very large snake native to Africa.

Taking a cautious approach management notified residents of the complex that has entrances off both McGrath Darby and Houston Northcutt Blvd. Residents were notified with a flyer posted on their doors and in common areas telling them that a Gaboon Viper may be lurking around the complex and to take proper precautions.

Farrah Reid who lives in the complex was first notified by her husband.  She said it has forced her to think twice when walking her dogs.

“And I read it and I was like oh my god! I close bars and I get home like around 11 or 12-o’clock at night and I have to take them out.”

If it is a Gaboon Viper the snakes can grow up to 6ft long and are recognized by the very distinct rectangular patterns down it’s back. Management has the skin in the main office tacked up to spread it out. Residents are asked to call 843-819-9510 if the snake or any signs of it are spotted.

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