Night tiger takes bite

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy was bit­ten by a night tiger snake while play­ing in the grass at a Port Dou­glas car­a­van park.

The boy, who was vis­it­ing with his fam­ily from Western Aus­tralia, felt a bite on his lower leg around 7.30pm on Tues­day and re­ceived first aid on the scene from the man­agers of the park while wait­ing for the emer­gency ser­vices.

Port Dou­glas am­bu­lance Of­fi­cer-in-charge Craig Down­ing said the man­agers fol­lowed the cor­rect pro­ce­dure - ex­cept for cap­tur­ing the snake.

“A com­pres­sion ban­dage was ap­plied by the car­a­van park man­agers, which was very ef­fec­tively done and we then con­tin­ued with ad­vanced first aid am­bu­lance mea­sures,” he said.

“They did a good job, the bad job they did is they cap­tured the snake - you’re just putting your­self and the paramedics at risk try­ing to cap­ture it.

“It was an an­gry and fast two-me­tre snake, iden­ti­fied by the tiger stripe down the side and known to be ag­gres­sive - it was not happy to be con­fined.”

The snake was cap­tured in a bag and placed into a con­tainer where it jumped straight back out and Craig said it was lucky there were no other peo­ple bit­ten.

“Don’t try to cap­ture the snake, the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a snake is use­ful but we can get the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from the venom,” he said.

“We don’t want peo­ple to take the risk of get­ting bit­ten and we don’t want to see these an­i­mals killed ei­ther just be­cause we live in their habi­tat.

“Par­ents and vis­i­tors need to be aware that snakes are more ac­tive at night, if a child is play­ing in an un­fa­mil­iar area, be aware of the risk.

“We live in trop­i­cal Far North Queens­land - we’re go­ing to get snakes.”

The boy was trans­ported to Moss­man hos­pi­tal with­out in­ci­dent and then on to Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tions.

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