“What an animal! A hiker found a giant snake by a stream in South Carolina.”

“A hiker recently found a giant snake in Jeffries Creek Park in Florence. If Indiana Jones had seen it, he would have turned around quickly.”

Meredith Langley reported on the discovery of the snake-shaped object on her Facebook page, which she shared with the South Carolina Hiking Club. Langley made sure to mention that the snake was completely integrated into its natural habitat. In her post, Langley wrote, “This was a great educational opportunity and a good example for my own kids who forget not to walk ahead of me on hiking trails!”

Biologist Greg Lucas from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources described the brown water snake (genus Nerodia) as resilient. The thick, muscular body makes the water snakes described by Lucas appear larger than they actually are. According to him, the maximum size of water snakes is between 30 and 60 centimeters.

Langley says that he and his children encounter copperhead snakes every week while walking through the neighborhood. He added that water snakes and water moccasins are common in the area.

Langley estimates that the snake he saw measured at least six feet in full size.

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