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Copperhead bites Upstate woman's dog, toddler narrowly misses attack

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Daisy, bitten by copperhead (Source: Cindy Henderson) Daisy, bitten by copperhead (Source: Cindy Henderson)
Daisy, bitten by copperhead (Source: Cindy Henderson) Daisy, bitten by copperhead (Source: Cindy Henderson)

An Upstate woman has a message for other pet owners after her dog was bitten by a copperhead snake.

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, copperheads are the most common venomous snake in the state.

 "When you see it, he looks camo in the grass," said Cindy Henderson, whose dog Daisy was bitten.

She said a 2-year-old girl and her friend's husband walked right past the snake without even seeing it. When Daisy spotted the snake, Henderson said it jumped up and bit her on the face.

"The fact that two-and-a-half-year-old child did not get bitten instead when she walked right past it in my yard," Henderson said. "I just feel like she had the hands of God over her."

Daisy was rushed to the vet and is expected to be OK, but Henderson is now on guard about copperheads.

An increase in snake bites of all kinds has been reported in 2017. According to the state poison center, there have already been 83 snake bites so far this year.

Henderson wants other dog owners to be aware of the risk. Others in the Upstate do too.

Catherine Jacobsen, a resident in Simpsonville, said she and neighbors have thrown out mothballs to deter snakes.

"I have seen more pictures of snakes on Facebook this year than I've seen on Facebook all last summer and maybe some of before," Jacobsen said.

DNR officials said copperheads have a highly-camouflaged coloration and readily wander into fields in search of food. They can often be found in forested areas and if provoked or frightened, will defend themselves.

Officials said there is no known method to eliminate snakes from your property but wood piles, remote out buildings, mulch and fallen logs may attract them so relocating these items could help.

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