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Man dies trying to Kill Snake WA



Author: Craig Adams
Date: 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.



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