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Elderly Woman Kills Snakes With Shovel And Shotgun (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty
A snake.A snake.

A 72-year-old Oklahoma woman has gained attention online after she killed numerous venomous copperhead snakes on her own.

Susan Thompson posted a status on Facebook on July 27, saying that her elderly neighbor, who she referred to as "Mrs. Newby," had killed 11 snakes with a rake, a shovel and a shotgun, according to Daily Mail.

"Mrs. Newby killed 11 copperheads last night at her house!" wrote Thompson. "She's a snake killer if you need help call her! She is 72 years old!"

Newby had reportedly found the creatures under her house in Lequire.

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Thompson added that Newby would "sit outside last night and wait for some more" of the snakes. After a few days, her total rose to 17 copperheads killed, according to Fox News.

The posts were later taken down from Facebook, Jezebel reports.

Before the posts were deleted, commenters left their support for Newby.

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"Bless her heart!" wrote one commenter.

"Dang, I could have used her this morning!" said another. "I am scared of snakes and had a copperhead in my driveway. Had a nice officer come and kill it for us. She sure is brave!"

"Oh my goodness," said another. "That is just crazy!"

"I know it's been years since I've seen her, but I used to keep her granddaughter Madelyn," said another commenter, to which Thompson responded, "Yep, that's her then!"

Thompson said that Newby is an "awesome lady," and said she "sure [does] love her."

At least one commenter criticized Newby for taking snake control into her own hands.

"I believe it's illegal to kill snakes," the user said. "It would have been better for her to have them removed by a professional. I have non-venomous snakes around my house. I have not seen a copperhead close to my house, they are probably in the woods around me, they are not aggressive."

Copperhead snakes are common in North America, and are one of the most likely types of snakes to bite humans. They have venom, but it is relatively mild and is not usually fatal for humans, according to Live Science.

Copperheads have bright red heads. Herpetologist Jeff Beane said the snake's "dorsal pattern is a series of dark, chestnut-brown or reddish-brown crossbands, each shaped like an hourglass, dumbbell or saddlebag ... on a background of lighter brown, tan, salmon or pinkish." 

The saddlebags are usually wide on the sides of body, but narrow in center of back. The crossbands usually have darker margins and lighter centers. The crossbands may be broken, and you might see small dark spots between the crossbands.

Sources: Daily Mail, Fox News, Jezebel, Live Science / Photo credit: Laura Wolf/Flickr, Susan Thompson/Facebook via Daily Mail

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