Townsville man dies from eastern brown snake bite

Townsville man dies from eastern brown snake bite

A man has died from an eastern brown snake bite at a home in north Queensland.

A man has died from an eastern brown snake bite at a home in north Queensland.


The snake that bit him was 1.5 metres long.


A man has died after he was bitten on the arm by an eastern brown snake in north Queensland.

Bystanders had already started giving the man, aged in his 40s, CPR when paramedics were called to a property at Deeragun in Townsville about 5.20pm on Thursday.

Ambulance officers continued to try to revive him but he died at the scene.

A Townsville Snake Catchers spokesman told AAP the snake that bit him was a 1.5m eastern brown, which had been killed.

Townsville Snake Take Away's Jamie Chapel took to Facebook on Friday to urge people to be careful around the reptiles.

"If you're ever bitten by a snake or suspect you have been, never wait, call an ambulance and never try to kill the snake, it's not worth losing yours or someone else's life over," he wrote.

"No snake is ever harmless, it's either venomous or non-venomous and any snake that feels threatened will bite in defence, do not take the chance, call a snake catcher."

Mr Chapel also said everyone should have some awareness of general, or snake, first aid and CPR, as it could save a life.

Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman Lauren Clayton said if someone was bitten they should try to remain calm and call triple-0.

"(Also try) not to wash the wound and, if you can, to bandage over the snake bite firmly, starting from below the snake bite and moving up the limb," she said.

Ms Clayton said there had been 66 snake bites in the Townsville region in the past year.

What you need to know about the eastern brown snake:

* One of the world's most venomous snakes;

* Known to be aggressive;

* Active during the day, especially on warm sunny days when they like to bask;

* Found along the length of Australia's east coast;

* Can be any shade of brown, from light to dark brown and almost black;

* Belly is typically cream, and can have pink or orange spots;

* Grows up to two metres long.

SOURCE: Queensland Museum, Australia Zoo and Australian Museum.

Australian Associated Press


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