Woman, 18, bitten by brown snake in Kambah

Charlotte Harper 23 January 2017 6

Eastern Brown snake. Photo: iStock

A young woman has been rushed to hospital this afternoon after being bitten by a brown snake at Kambah.

The 18-year-old had walked into a paddock when the incident occurred.

ACT Ambulance Service Duty Officer Chris Barry said the woman felt a bite on her calf muscle and looked down to see a brown snake. She returned home and rang Emergency Triple Zero (000).

She was stabilised at the scene by intensive care paramedics and transported to the Canberra Hospital.

“The community should keep in mind that snakes are very active in the ACT at this time of year and you should exercise caution when outdoors,” Mr Barry said.

Photo: iStock


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HenryBG HenryBG 6:54 pm 12 Feb 17

gooterz said :

She returned to her car and dialled tripple 0. She also bound the wound herself using a bandage which was replaced with a better one when the ambulance got to her vehicle.

That sounds a lot more sensible than, “She returned home and rang…”.

If you’ve been bitten by a brown snake, you need to immobilise the limb immediately. Physical activity is the difference between death and life.

gooterz gooterz 11:16 pm 25 Jan 17

She returned to her car and dialled tripple 0. She also bound the wound herself using a bandage which was replaced with a better one when the ambulance got to her vehicle.

dungfungus dungfungus 11:23 am 25 Jan 17

Morelia said :

^ I hope you like mice and rats.

I don’t care for rats and mice – they have their place in laboratories though.

People who keep reptiles can feed their “pets” rats and mice which can be purchased at pet food shops.

I don’t have a domestic problem with vermin because I keep my yard tidy so I don’t get visits from snakes either.

Why they are “protected” baffles me. They are just as dangerous as back-yard swimming pools.

    madelini madelini 2:39 pm 18 Dec 18

    Weirdly, humans are not the only species with a right to life. Also, owning a swimming pool is not restricted, just legislated. Many more people die from swimming-related causes than snake bites per annum.

    I am no fan of snakes, but they pose less of a hazard than kangaroos (which are actively destructive). Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they deserve to be culled.

Morelia Morelia 9:08 am 25 Jan 17

^ I hope you like mice and rats.

dungfungus dungfungus 7:03 pm 23 Jan 17

The authorities should cull snakes, not kangaroos.

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