Officials Say Snakebite Death Is Rare


Missouri conservation officials say the death of a Missouri man this week is only the state’s third recorded fatality from a copperhead snake bite. Timothy Levins died Tuesday evening after being bitten by a copperhead he had picked up after pointing it out to his son at a cabin. Conservation officials said copperhead bites usually aren’t fatal because the venom isn’t as strong as that of other snakes. Also Camden County Conservation Agent Derek Warnke told us most of the snakes you will encounter here at the lake are non poisonous.

Nearly 100 people are bitten by snakes each year in Missouri, and about 25 percent of those are non-venomous. Most bite victims are men in their 20s who were bitten while trying to pick up or kill the snake.

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