Snake attacks can of course happen all year round depending on where you are in Australia; these are from our Summer 2011-2012. Summer is now officially over in Australia and we are now in Autumn. But during summer there was a few snake attacks, this of course happens every year, some years worse than others.
Bites from Red-bellied Black Snakes are rarely life-threatening due to the snake usually choosing to inject little venom toxin, but you are still in need of immediate medical attention. They give birth to 8 to 40 young at a time.
It was reported that a red bellied black snake was actually seen in one of the Executive buildings in George Street here in Brisbane, this is right in the middle of the city, not a suburb. It was spotted by security guards, who then rang a snake catcher, luckily this happened on a Sunday, and if it would have been a week day there would have been hundreds of people around. There could be a couple of explanations for this incident. The snake could of been under someone’s car, (this happens a lot more than you might think) or someone put it there.
Bites from a Tiger snake, symptoms include localized pain in the foot and neck region, tingling, numbness, and sweating, followed by a fairly rapid onset of breathing difficulties and paralysis. The untreated mortality rate from its bites is reported to be between 40-60%
A 42 year old man lifted up his door mat in Flinders a suburb of Melbourne, and as he lifted the mat, he disturbed what he thought was a tiger snake that was underneath. The snake bit through the man’s boot and he was bitten on the foot. Family had applied a tourniquet before the ambulance arrived. It was reported that he was alright and in a stable condition.
We have a huge number of different pythons in Australia, the attack below is thought to have a been done by a scrub python.
Pythons are non-venomous. Prey is killed by a process known as constriction; after an animal has been grasped to restrain it, then, by applying and maintaining sufficient pressure to prevent it from inhaling, the prey eventually succumbs due to asphyxiation.
In Port Douglas far North Queensland, a boy 2 years old was playing with his ball on the porch with his Mum, the ball rolled off the porch and he went to get it. Out of nowhere a python all of a sudden bit the boy on his leg and started to wrap itself around the 2 year old. The neighbours came running when they heard the Women scream, and managed to get the Python off the child. The child had 4 bite marks and was kept in hospital for 24 hrs then was allowed to go home.
There is a very good article on this story in the Cairns.
I would like you to read about a tourist that got bitten by a snake while he had his pants down going to the toilet in the bush, his words:
“The doctors and nurses were very professional. They didn’t take the mickey out of me being bitten on my wedding tackle.”
I know this was serious, but you will get a good laugh out of this, and it is only a very small article. Read about the bite “down under” in the Courier Mail.
Its venom is potentially one of the most lethal in the world. Dugites generally avoid biting humans, but risks of encounters rise when they are most active during the mating season through October and November.
Other related posts from my blog:
- Snake Appears on Car While on the Highway (Video)
- Driver Bitten by Snake (New South Wales Australia)
- Snakes on the Beach (Gold Coast Australia)
- This is a Big Snake: Real or Fake? (Picture)