Neighbor spots, kills 5-foot rattlesnake in West Ashley neighborhood

Published: Oct. 1, 2014 at 3:46 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - A few unwelcome guests are making themselves comfortable in a West Ashley neighborhood. Some residents of Bolton's Landing, along Bees Ferry Road, have reported seeing some venomous rattlesnakes around and in their homes.

A Canebrake rattlesnake was spotted in Brad and Chelsey Boston's yard Saturday on Seabago Drive.

"I've seen so many smaller poisonous snakes but something like that, it was full grown."

"Just to think that we're outside all the time, walking around barefoot and outside with the dogs all the time and how scary it would be to come across that snake."

They say the snake was burrowed in some pine needles underneath the dryer vent. Brad says a neighbor killed it as it moved towards the front porch.

"It's too close to home, and with kids and two dogs running around, and this neighborhood is full of toddlers walking around. It's scary."

Canebrake rattlesnakes are native to the area. They are venomous and grow to between five and seven feet.

"The hemotoxin is more of a, what it does is you basically bleed internally," explains wildlife expert Raymond Covington. "Neurotoxins go straight to the nervous system and it just shuts you down."

Covington, who is the owner of Nuisance Wildlife Removal, says the construction along Bees Ferry Road is forcing wildlife out of their natural habitat.

"Anytime you do any cutting of properties, clearing land, you're going to have reptiles move in, wildlife, reptiles and so on, move on to your property. They don't have any place to go."

The Bostons say, while they realize they live near natural wetlands, this encounter will encourage them to be more alert.

"I'm afraid to even walk on the grass. Just being extra cautious, and as much as it was scary, it's definitely, I think, a good thing to bring some awareness to everybody just to be more careful."

Covington says if you come across any venomous snake, stay calm, step back and call a professional if possible.

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