Driver Bitten by Snake. (New South Wales Australia)

This is unreal, it was just the other day I put a post in about brown Snakes on the Beach at the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia, and now this. But this time it is in New South Wales at Mascot, the snake this time is a red-bellied black snake, which are not as venomous as the browns but still a very nasty bite.  When the driver realized what had bitten him on the leg, he shut the car door and got out the other side, but the snake got caught in the car door. Apparently the snake also put a fair amount of scratch marks on the car as well, which was a new car.


The red-bellied black snake that bit Mr Vella. Picture: The Daily Telegraph Source: The Daily Telegraph

AS he drove along the highway, Troy Vella was troubled by a banging noise from beneath his car.
When he arrived at work at Mascot, New South Wales, he got out to inspect what he thought would be a tree branch
Instead, he was confronted by a 2m red-bellied black snake – which bit him on the leg.

“I heard this banging noise coming from under the car as I drove down,” Mr Vella, 44, said from his bed at the Prince of Wales Hospital, where his condition is satisfactory.

“When I opened the door to get out, I saw this huge snake rear up from just outside the car and strike my lower leg.” The Daily Telegraph.

There is a very good video in the article as well, it shows them catching the snake, as well as an interview with the driver in hospital. If the video has disappeared from the article you can watch it here.

Red-Bellied Black Snake.

The Red-bellied Black Snake, is a species of elapid snake native to eastern Australia. Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity, it is not generally fatal and less venomous than other deadly Australian snakes. It is common in woodlands, forests and swamplands of eastern Australia. It is one of Australia’s best-known snakes, as it is common in urban areas along the eastern coast of Australia. Wikipedia.

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11 Responses to Driver Bitten by Snake. (New South Wales Australia)

  1. gregoryno6 says:

    I’ve got a lot of trouble with little moths which have moved into my kitchen in plague proportions. No idea where they are coming from, but the cupboard with the shiny white melamine interior attracts them like honey for ants.
    Still, I wouldn’t trade them for that snake. I can at least clean a few of them up with a big wet rag – wouldn’t be trying that with a redbelly.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi gregoryno6,
      Yes anything is preferable to a snake of any description, I feel.

      Concerning the moths, give this a go, crush up some bay leaves and place them in cheesecloth tied up with a twist tie, every month throw them out and replace. (Tips from my grandmother, I miss her little bits of information) also they do sell special “traps” for moths at the hardware.

    • Gregoryno6 says:

      Aha, I’ve discovered the source of those little winged nuisances!
      A packet of flour that’s been sitting undisturbed on the bottom shelf for a couple of years – urrr, I hope they found it AFTER I made that cake.

  2. swamibu says:

    Ouch! This is the side to Australia which most of us in Europe dislike :/ The rest, we love 🙂

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi swamibu,
      Very understandable, we have a lot of snakes here in OZ, some are even around in some suburbs, but really they are rarely seen, which of course is a good thing. 🙂

  3. travelrat says:

    Let me tell you a true snake story:

    Back in the early 1960s, my then girl friend, Leonie, took me up-country to meet her uncle, who had a cattle station. Uncle Jim took us in his truck to inspect a stretch of fence … and when he got down from the truck, he trod on a snake … which promptly bit him … on his artificial leg! (he’ d lost the ‘original’ in the war)

    Uncle Jim then proceeded to stamp on the snake with his artificial leg until it was dead.

    And, I claim that Leonie and I are the only people who have ever actually witnessed a one-legged man in an asp-kicking contest! 😀

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