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Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:19 PM

South Carolina lawmaker lands in intensive care after venomous snake bite

COLUMBIA, SC -- A South Carolina lawmaker is being monitored in Lexington Medical Centerís intensive care unit after he was bitten by a copperhead snake Sunday night.

State Rep. Chris Wooten, R-Lexington, said he was wearing flip flops in his front yard, letting his dog out when he stepped on the venomous serpent. He killed the snake with a brick.

He told The State he is fine but has to be monitored to ensure the antivenin (colloquially known as anti-venom) works properly.

Wooten has been in the ICU since late Sunday night. He told The State he hopes to go home Tuesday.

Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article234920747.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:20 PM

1. You'd think the snake would refrain from biting a GOPer

as a matter of professional courtesy.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:26 PM

2. Yeah, I knew that this thread would provide a setup for some good punchlines.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:30 PM

3. Is the snake OK?

it bit a republican -- did it get the correct antidote?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:30 PM

4. Never trust a snake...

especially a red snake.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:31 PM

5. Is his front yard a swamp or something? He must be living on some spread. I would hope

copperheads donít come up to peopleís suburban yards. S.C. looks like beautiful country to me. I
wouldn't be able to cope with the idea of snakes, but then he probably knew better than to flip-flop.

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:47 PM

8. You may be thinking of water moccasins

Copperheads are not restricted to swampy enclaves.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:11 PM

9. Ha ha. Yes. Suburban and city girl here.

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:20 PM

10. Well, they do in Delaware.

At the beginning of the season, our friend found what she thought were 5 grass snakes in her yard in Newark, DE, by her front steps. After taking a picture and having them identified by Co-operative Extension office, found out they were baby copperheads.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:30 PM

11. Well, beautiful country, Delaware, all these, just to me, lush and exotic paces outside where

I am, but that would do it for me, even if grass snakes. Amazing.

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:02 PM

12. My sister in law lives in Charleston SC.

A copperhead bit her Great Dane and he died in her front yard....not swampy at all. Upscale suburban home...gated community.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:41 PM

6. Yes, copperheads will come into your yard n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:45 PM

7. At least he wasn't handling it on purpose for religious reasons, or b/c he was drunkenly confident

The former is not so common but disconcertingly more common than it ought to be. The latter is super-common.

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