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Man dies trying to Kill Snake WA



Craig Adams - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
This tragic story told below emphasises two very important facts of Australian snakebite.  

Firstly, it is obviously very dangerous attempt to kill snakes.

Secondly, and this fact is far less understood, one must never assume that the often trivial appearance and symptoms of snakebite a reliable indicator of its seriousness or lack thereof.  This is particularly true of brown snakes which, due to their relatively small fangs and specific venom properties bites often look insignificant and may be virtually pain free.  It is always best to assume nothing and treat all suspected snake bites as a medical emergency and apply immediate first aid. 

Article below is an extract from ABC digital web written by Rebecca Curtin, 14th October 2014: 

Man dies after snake bites him on hand, arm in WA's Goldfields

A man has died after being bitten by a snake in West Australia's remote Goldfields region.

Police said the 41-year-old man was bitten while trying to pick up what was believed to be a western brown snake.

The officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar, said the man was bitten multiple times including on his hand and arm.

Sergeant Soutar said the man did not seek any medical attention after being bitten.

"He didn't seek any medical attention despite other people being in the area and trying to assure him that he needed medical attention," he said.

"He ended up going to a campsite very close to town and ended up collapsing approximately half an hour to 45 minutes later."

Police and an ambulance crew went to the site where the man had collapsed and performed first aid.

He was taken to the Laverton hospital where he was later declared dead.



About the Author - Craig Adams

Craig is a venomous snake expert and former Operations Manager for the Australian Reptile Park. With his wife Jackie, Craig has travelled to remote areas of Australia in search of venomous snakes and spiders for inclusion in the Reptile Park's venom collection program for scientific purposes and for the collection of new data on endangered species. Craig has featured in numerous National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs on the world's most venomous creatures. He worked alongside Steve Irwin as a consultant on his film "Oceans' Deadliest" and continues to work periodically with Steve's best friend John Stainton in an advisory and "to camera" role. Together with Jackie, he has also starred in numerous other television, print media and documentary films and is acknowledged by his peers as the "go to" person in this field.


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