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Venomous Snake Bites Customer in Lowe's Store

Copperhead bites cause tissue destruction but usually aren't fatal to people

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    Venomous Snake Bites Customer in Lowe's Store
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    File image of a copperhead snake at the Nature Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.

    A venomous snake bit a customer shopping for trees at a North Carolina home improvement store Monday, authorities said.

    The unidentified customer was shopping in the lawn and gardening section where trees are displayed at a Lowe's in Denver, in Lincoln County, about 25 miles north of Charlotte, said Karen Cobb, a spokeswoman for Lowe's. The copperhead sank its teeth into the customer, who was treated at a local hospital after employees called 911, Cobb told NBC News.

    Cobb said the company hadn't figured out why the snake was in the center, but she said that a pest control company has swept the area and that no other snakes have been found.

    Copperhead bites cause tissue destruction but usually aren't fatal to people, according to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

    The East Lincoln Fire Department took the occasion to issue a warning on Facebook, telling readers "to be mindful when shopping for gardening supplies."