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Missouri man dies from copperhead snake bite

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 11, 2014 at 8:13 a.m.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A St. Charles man is dead after being bitten by a copperhead snake while camping with his family in southeast Missouri.

Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch said 52-year-old Timothy Levins died Tuesday evening after being bitten at Sam A. Baker State Park. Finch says it is the third known death in Missouri by the bite of a copperhead. The others were in the 1960s and in 2012.

Finch said Levins was at a cabin, saw the snake and pointed it out to his son. The snake, 18 to 20 inches long, bit Levins two or three times after he picked it up.

After Levins became ill, someone in a neighboring cabin started CPR and an ambulance was called. Levin was pronounced dead at a hospital in Poplar Bluff.

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bbos42 says... July 11, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.

We have another nominee for the Darwin Award!

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RegEn4cer says... July 11, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.

This one might be a winner!!

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K5LJC says... July 11, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

I was mowing the yard and picked up a Garter snake and put it over the fence, out of harms way! My room mate saw me do it. The next week it was his turn to mow. He came in the house to show off and had a Copperhead in each hand! He got lucky! No bites! If you don't know what they are, leave them alone!

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HM2 says... July 11, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

Most people kill snakes just because they're snakes. Respect them for what they do and can do. , snakes eat rats and other harmful rodents. a snake will flee from you if it senses you and has time to react. if stepped on or otherwise threatened they will defend themselves. Also consider the snakes venom is the only way a small creature like a copperhead or rattlesnake etc. has to capture it's food. it will use it sparingly.and most times (but not always) give a dry bite. if at all possible, please don't kill them.Try to avoid them teach our kids to respect and avoid them, most times they will leave the area.

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