Snakebite vic­tim air­lifted to hospi­tal, two other close calls

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

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.

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