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A copperhead snake looks up at the Nature Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A 72-year-old Oklahoma woman killed 11 copperhead snakes



A 72-year-old woman in Lequire, OK killed 11 copperhead snakes that she recently found under her home all by herself, according to WTVD.

WTVD reported Sunday that Susan Thompson was visiting her neighbor when she learned the other woman had killed the reptiles herself.

Thompson said the woman, identified only as “Mrs. Newby,” used a shotgun, a shovel and ultimately a rake handle to get rid of the animals.

“Mrs. Newby killed 11 copperheads last night at her house!” Thompson wrote in a Facebook post Saturday that has since been deleted.

“She’s a snake killer if you need help call her!” she added of her neighbor, according to WTVD. “She is 72 years old!”

Twitter users on Monday voiced amazement at Newby’s reported treatment of the snakes given her age.

Fox News reported Sunday that Thompson said in another since-deleted Facebook post that Newby planned to “sit outside last night and wait for some more” snakes.

Thompson later called Newby an “awesome lady,” adding that she “sure [does] love her” older neighbor.

Pictures that have since circulated on social media show Newby standing in a dirt road with the bodies of at least 11 dead copperhead snakes.

Fox News reported that as of Sunday, Newby has allegedly killed 17 snakes, and may have finished off even more.

The term “copperhead” describes a family of about five subspecies of venomous snakes found across the Eastern United States.

The Southern Copperhead is the variety encountered in Oklahoma, but it has also appeared in Florida, South Carolina and Texas.

All Copperheads are venomous but the animals are generally considered non-aggressive and bites are rarely fatal.

Copperhead venom can cause symptoms including extreme pain, swelling, severe nausea and tingling sensations following a bite that injects the toxin into a victim.

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