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A beachgoer was out for a walk when she came across a slippery surprise on the South Carolina coast, video shows.
It turns out that a poisonous snake had claimed the sands of the famous Myrtle Beach State Park, according to footage from Facebook user Michelle L Robert.
“I was just thinking of having a nice walk on the beach,” she wrote on Tuesday, July 26. “I was looking for sea glass when something in the water caught my eye.”
Robert shared photos and a video of the reptilian encounter, which horrified some social media users.
“Holy moly,” one person commented on Facebook. “It’s crazy, scary and amazing all at the same time.”
“Yeah I’ll be in the pool,” another person wrote.
From its end, the snake seemed to enjoy the sun and the surf.
“That’s crazy…I think he liked it,” Robert wrote. “The waves were shaking him and he kept coming in!”
In a follow-up post, Robert said she was told the creature was a canebrake rattlesnake. The species, also called timber rattlesnake, is one of six venomous types found in South Carolina.
Timber rattlesnakes live throughout the state and grow up to 5 feet long. Although they don’t usually show aggressive behavior towards people, anyone who sees them is asked to keep a safe distance, according to the SC Department of Natural Resources.
The Snake Chaser Wildlife Service told WPDE that the snake likely ended up on the beach after washing up on shore. The animal was released in a swampy area, according to the television channel.
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