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Posted: April 07, 2014

Extremely venomous snake loose in SC

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. —

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A South Carolina apartment complex is warning residents that a venomous snake from Africa might be on the loose.

An exterminator found the still moist molted skin of a snake he did not recognize Wednesday and took a picture. A specialist wrote back and said it might belong to a Gaboon viper.

The Gaboon viper is one of the most venomous snakes in the world.

The Edisto Island Serpentarium was called and came out Friday to look for the snake and confirm the breed.

The apartment complex put out flyers warning residents that the snake could be slithering around.

Officials with the apartment complex are checking to see if a resident might have owned the snake, which would have been against the law in Mount Pleasant.

Experts estimate the size of the snake to be around 3-4 feet long.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report

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