Snake catcher bitten

A LOCAL snake catcher, 41, is in a serious but stable condition after being bitten by an Eastern Brown snake yesterday morning.

He was trying to catch the snake at about 11.10am when it struck.

Gympie Ambulance OIC Wayne Sachs said the man was found unconscious at the scene and was rushed to Gympie Hospital.

OIC Sachs said the man was extremely ill and had sustained a laceration to the head when he fell.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has issued a warning about the dangers of snakes after a recent spate of bites and increased activity throughout South East Queensland.

Other snake bite incidents occurred at Gin Gin, Kingaroy, Ipswich and Brisbane.

Recent rain and warm weather has left snakes looking for dry ground. If bitten, remain calm, dial Triple-0 and stay as still as possible.

To avoid snake bites, avoid walking through long grass, but if you have to, wear sturdy enclosed shoes and long pants. Don’t try to catch or kill a snake and take care when moving timber or iron sheeting as there may be a snake underneath.

Symptoms of snakebite can range from nausea, headache or blurred vision, through to difficulties in breathing and loss of consciousness.

Don’t wash the wound as hospitals can test the bandage for poison and identify the type of snake, which will aid in treatment.

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