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      Florence girl recovering after being bitten by copperhead

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      An 8-year-old girl was bitten by a copperhead snake last Saturday at a park on Hillside Avenue in Florence near Jeffries Creek, according to Ryon Watkins with Florence County EMS.

      Watkins said someone at the park called 911, and an EMS unit took the girl to the hospital.

      The child's mother tells WPDE NewsChannel 15 that the girl was in McLeod Children's Hospital over the weekend and was released Monday.

      Her mother says she's recovering well with the help of family, friends, and her community of Pamplico.

      A copperhead has a venomous bite. You can learn more about them here.

      DNR says you need to be careful when outdoors because this is the time of year when snakes come out.

      "They're out. Snakes beginning to come out. I saw one on the road yesterday. It's warming up and they're coming out to get warm," said Captain Sandy Young with SC Department of Natural Resources.

      The child's mother agrees and wants to warn parents to watch their children when they're playing near wooded parks and trails.

      Young said you can contact private animal control companies if you have snakes in your area, and they can relocate the snakes to other areas.