Little Jax Bird got quite the shock when he was bitten on the foot by a brown snake outside his house.
Little Jax Bird got quite the shock when he was bitten on the foot by a brown snake outside his house. Contributed

Boy in terrifying brown snake attack

A FLASH of brown was all four-year-old Jaxon Bird saw before the early August Saturday stroll outside his Langshaw home became an afternoon of sheer terror.

Walking down the creekside track as his father Josh kicked aside a stray piece of poly pipe, Jax had no time to react when a suspected brown snake struck out from under a mess of leaves and bit him on the toe.

Two distinct puncture marks, blood trickles and Jax's immense pain spurred Josh straight into action, alerting wife Kirby and putting their son in the family car for a hectic ride through country roads to Gympie Hospital.

 

Kirby, Piper Josh and Jaxon Bird on their family farm at Langshaw
Kirby, Piper Josh and Jaxon Bird on their family farm at Langshaw Renee Albrecht

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Jax Bird bitten by a brown snake on his family farm at Langshaw.
Jax Bird bitten by a brown snake on his family farm at Langshaw. Renee Albrecht

"We just went for a wander ... and I pushed (a piece of pipe) off the side of the road, I turned around to Jax and said, 'Come on mate, let's go,' and he was looking down and he said, 'Something just got me ... something got my foot'," Mr Bird said.

"He said it was really fast and might have been a snake, he said it looked like a stick, then he started crying because his foot was in pain.

"As soon as I realised it looked like a snake bit him ... we jumped straight in the car.

"I was just hoping for the best and worried as hell. Those little blood dots were a centimetre apart (and there were) two distinctive teeth marks."

 

Little Jax Bird got quite the shock when he was bitten on the foot by a brown snake outside his house.
Little Jax Bird got quite the shock when he was bitten on the foot by a brown snake outside his house. Contributed

A near seven-hour hospital stay involved swab tests on Jax's foot, which felt "tingly" and had obvious swelling.

The family was told Jax had most likely suffered a dry bite, in which the snake does not inject venom.

"I tried to get away from it but it was too fast. It looked like a sliding stick," the kindergartener said.

"They took me to the hospital, they had to put a bandage around it."

Mrs Bird said snakes had been regularly spotted at their house in the four years since their move from the Gold Coast.

She said Jax, who broke his collarbone in a recent trampoline injury, had been a trooper despite the close call.

"We couldn't touch his toe for the next few days, he had a little bit of a hobble but he was straight outside the next morning with no shoes on," she said.

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