LOOK OUT: Snakes are on the move, an Eastern Brown Snake like this one bit a Gympie man this week.
LOOK OUT: Snakes are on the move, an Eastern Brown Snake like this one bit a Gympie man this week. Anthony Reginato

Snake bite victim overcomes injury

GYMPIE region residents have been warned – wet weather combined with snake season means more snakes will now be out looking for dry areas and food.

One Gympie man learnt the hard way on Wednesday about 11am when he was bitten by an Eastern Brown snake at a local residence.

While emergency crews at first reported the man was a snake catcher this turned out to not be the case.

The carpenter, 41, was checking the roof of an elderly lady’s home to see if the snake she had spotted 10 days earlier was venomous and a snake catcher needed to be called in.

It is unknown how the Eastern Brown had found its way into the roof space as there were no trees or structures around the two-storey home that could have given it access.

The carpenter was bitten on the thumb as he was checking the second storey roof of the home.

Unluckily, the roof tile he removed to peak into the roof cavity above the woman’s balcony just happened to be the one that the snake was underneath.

Reports indicate the snake was injured at the time as it was wedged between sharp guttering and a nail and had almost severed itself in half trying to get free.

The wife of the man who was bitten said her husband fought for his life in Nambour Hospital’s ICU while anti-venom and a new drug worked to combat the snake’s lethal venom.

By midnight on Wednesday the drugs had started working.

His wife said he was due home on Thursday afternoon.

She said that after the snake bit him, her husband walked down the ladder he had used to access the roof, made it down to his vehicle and collapsed.

“He certainly wasn’t there to catch the snake,” she said.

She wanted to thank the people on scene, who helped keep her husband alive until ambulance officers arrived, and both Gympie and Nambour Hospital staff.

“My husband doesn’t feel any animosity towards the snake.”

Gympie Times


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