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 says 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 says Levins was at a cabin, saw the snake and pointed it out to his son.
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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.