Originally Posted by jccgogamecocks
Think twice becore shooting a eastern. They are officially protected and illegal to shoot. I got hit in the snake boot mid shin about 20 years ago by a 6 ft canebreak. Them dudes hit hard.
They're not recognized "YET" as a protected species by the State, and
there is no "State" law that prohibits them from being killed, HOWEVER,
some local / city laws do protect them. I know that if you get caught
taking one out of the state park in Marion SC, or if you kill one while there
, you could get some REALLY stiff fines and/or Serve Jail time for it.
The State has been petitioned several times in the past few years to
add EDBs to the State's endangered / protected species list, but they
are still (as of now) listed as not endangered or protected.