This is a VERY dangerous situation there. Gaboons are extremely dangerous
animals and as this thing gets hungry, it will stike at anything nearby,
and will not hesitate to strike at any person / child / pet that gets within
striking distance of it. The most dangerous thing about this is they are
the apex ambush preditors. They have a skin pattern that is basically
nature's perfect camouflage. They can blend in with any leaf, twig, grassy,
or weedy suroundings and be almost invisible to the naked eye. They can
stay in one spot still as any inanimate object for almost a week at a time.
Unless is it moving, it is highly unlikely it will be seen. The venom is Highy
Toxic (Top 10/12 most venoumous snake in the world), and have the longest
fangs of any snake on the planet (2"+), than can penatrate heavy canvas
or light leather covering. .... DANGEROUS SITUATION.
This is why I wish they would make people who purchase venoumous snakes
as well as Dogs (and other potentially dangerous animals), register the
animals and pay for a license to own them. This animal is not domestic,
and the owner could be easily found if they had to register them. Instead,
this is the result of either a STUPID PERSON'S Decision to buy an animal
they couldn't keep, and he released it, OR, it's a beyond careless owner
that didn't house it poperly and it escaped. Either way, there's no reason
this snake should be out in the area of Charleston / Mt Pleasant except
for the act of a brain dead individual who has now put a very large
population of people in extreme danger !!!!