Deaths from copperhead bites rare in Missouri - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Deaths from copperhead bites rare in Missouri

Posted: Updated:

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri conservation officials say the death of an eastern 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 at Sam A. Baker State Park by a copperhead he had picked up after pointing it out to his son at a cabin.

Dan Zarlenga of the Missouri Department of Conservation told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/VXjhED ) copperhead bites usually aren't fatal because the venom isn't as strong as that of other snakes.

He says nearly 100 people are bitten by snakes each year in Missouri, and about 25 percent of those are non-venomous.

Zarlenga says most bite victims are men in their 20s who were bitten while trying to pick up or kill the snake.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.