Snakebite victim airlifted to hospital, two other close calls
SOME really scary snake stories have been told over the past week or two – obviously the slithery creatures are getting hungry.
The first came from our local police station who reported a Barwite man being airlifted to Melbourne in a not too good state after being bitten by a tiger snake.
Paramedics were called to the property but decided that the man had to be airlifted to Melbourne for further treatment.
The second story came from a lady who called into the Courier office and was still shaken from the fright she received.
She is a domestic helper out at Delatite Station Homestead and while cleaning the drawing room turned from her dusting to find a five foot tiger snake coiled with head raised ready to strike her.
“I’ve never moved so fast,” she told us.
“I jumped over a chair and a table and ran down the hallway yelling for help.
“Two of the men came running and one stood watch while the other went to get something to remove it.
“If I had stepped backwards instead of turning first I would have been bitten – but how it got inside we don’t know.”
And yet another snaky tale – this time from a lady who’s husband was out checking some farm electric fencing.
He got out of his ute at a gate, checked the fencing connection and as he turned around there was a brown snake coiled with head raised ready to strike – another lucky escape.
And the same lady out on the farm a few days later went to open a gate and as she approached noticed a brown snake very happily asleep and curled around the bottom of the post itself.
She told how she quickly backed off and called her hubby to come and remove it.
From the stories it is obvious the snakes may be finding it hard to find their food and are looking further afield than their normal haunts.
A warning for all to watch for snakes – they will be getting ready to store food in their tummies before going into hibernation for winter.