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Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

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The Gaboon Viper has the longest fangs of any venomous snake The Gaboon Viper has the longest fangs of any venomous snake
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - (WCBD) It was announced Tuesday that the search for the missing Gaboon Viper in Mount Pleasant has been postponed until further notice due to concern for the safety of those searching.

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Michelle Reid, Executive Director of Animal Rescue & Relief, has been working with the FDA and a local hospital on getting an anti-venom in Mount Pleasant. Until then, the search will be halted.

Per a request from Reid, the FDA has authorized an emergency IND number, meaning Investigational New Drug, on an Anti-Venom for a Gaboon Viper. Since the anti-venom is made outside the United States, it requires approval by the FDA to get the anti-venom to the states. The anti-venom in Columbia and Myrtle Beach could take a minimum of two hours to get the lowcounty. 

Reid is currently establishing an emergency plan to have the anti-venom readily available for the area.

"I am very concerned about the number of children in the area I've seen walking through the brush unattended and I feel strongly that it is not worth the risk. The anti-venom needs to be readily available here in Mount Pleasant." Reid said.

Reid and Raymond Covington from Covington Nuisance Wildlife Removal Service believe the snake is still active in the area of Harbor Pointe Apartments. Due to ample sources of food, water, and the necessary shelter, they believe the snake can thrive. Reid and Covington urge residents to stay cautious and alert Harbor Pointe Apartments or the local police if they encounter the viper.

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