Copperhead bites customer in Lowe's gardening department

A 4.5-foot copperhead snake bit a customer Monday afternoon at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Denver, North Carolina, East Lincoln Fire Department officials said in a Facebook post.

The customer was alert and conscious when firefighters arrived. He was taken to the hospital.

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The bite victim’s condition was not immediately known.

Public Service Announcement!  Please watch the trees in the garden area of Lowes Home Improvement.  A copperhead was...

Posted by East Lincoln Fire Department on Monday, May 16, 2016

Authorities are warning customers to be careful of snakes in trees of any store that has a gardening department.