Mon, 22 Oct, 2018
Snake season is here: Four attacks in four hours as experts advise residents to stay alert
Four people have been admitted to hospital within hours of each other after a series of deadly snake attacks.
Two of the attacks, which occurred in Victoria on Sunday afternoon, are presumed to be from one of the world’s deadliest snakes – the brown snake.
The attacks come after snake catchers were seen issuing warnings to residents as snakes make their way out of hibernation and search for a mate.
One man, who is reportedly in his 80s, was taken to Goulburn Valley Hospital in Shepparton due to a leg injury on Sunday afternoon. He is currently in a serious but stable condition.
Another man in his 60s was transported to Wangaratta Base Hospital in Victoria due to a snake bite on his leg and is also in a serious but stable condition.
A man believed to be in his 40s dealt with a snake bite to his ankle and was taken to Western Health in St Albans NSW, and is reported to be in a serious condition.
The fourth victim is a woman in her 30s and was bitten by a snake on Seven Mile Road in Nar Nar Goon. After the attack, she was taken to Casey Hospital at Berwick in a stable condition.
Queensland snake catcher, Tony Harrison has advised people across the country to be aware of their surroundings as the weather gets warmer. According to Harrison, snakes and reptiles come out of hibernation during summer to get some sunlight.
It was only last week when a young boy named Naish Dobson was attacked by a python while he was sitting on the verandah of his home in Julatten, North Queensland.
The python wrapped itself around the boy’s body and only let go after Naish’s grandfather stabbed the reptile down the spine, reported the Cairns Post.
While Naish escaped with surprisingly minor injuries, the grandfather was forced to kill the snake after the python attempted to attack him.
Naish was taken to Cairns hospital and was treated for snake bites and bruising.