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.