Authorities searched a Mount Pleasant apartment complex Friday for a highly venomous snake that could be loose in the area.

A pest control crew member on Wednesday stumbled across the moist and freshly molted snake skin near the front office at Harbor Pointe Apartments, the complex's leasing manager Jennifer Bailey said. The complex is located at 331 Harbor Pointe Drive, off Coleman Boulevard.

According to Bailey, the complex sent images of the skin to a specialist, who determined it may belong to the Gaboon Viper. The highly venomous breed is native to Africa, she said.

Officials with the Edisto Island Serpentarium were scheduled to visit the complex to confirm the snake's breed and search for the creature, she said.

An official with the Serpentarium said she would not comment on the situation until after authorities confirmed the breed.

The complex issued alerts warning residents of the find.

Bailey said authorities are still working to determine how the snake got into the complex.

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