Deadly Snakes

Alert raised after man's death

Evan Smith
May 31, 2019 - 2:23 pm

Police say an Alabama man died after being bitten by a venomous snake that had been coiled up outside his back door.

Oliver Baker, age 52, was pronounced dead on Monday after he was bitten by the copperhead snake.

The venom sent Baker into anaphylactic shock which led to cardiac arrest.

Now upstate residents are being warned to be on the lookout, as copperheads are common in the area, one of six venomous snakes native to South Carolina.

Also be on the lookout for Pigmy and Timber rattlesnakes which can be just as dangerous and equally common.

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