SNAKE BITE SYMPTOMS

Eastern Brown Snake

 

Pseudonaja textilis

 

  • May/may not experience pain/swelling at wound

  • Bleeding/oozing from wound

  • Headache

  • Nausea/vomiting/abdominal pain

  • Collapse/unconscious state

  • Internal bleeding

  • Cardiac arrest

SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND CALL 000

EASTERN BROWN SNAKE

 

The Eastern Brown Snake is the world's second most venomous snake (after the Inland Taipan), and is 13.25 times more toxic than the Indian Cobra. It is a very nervous snake, which can become aggressive when provoked using its trademark S-shape strike. To avoid being bitten, STAND STILL and DO NOT MOVE, until the snake has backed off and moved away.  

 

Brown Snakes can range in colour from light grey to black.  They are very common in suburban areas and like to hide under corrugated iron, holes in cement, under sleepers/retaining walls and rockeries. Dog or cat water bowls, fish ponds and bird aviaries are all attractions for food and water.

Red Bellied Black Snake

 

Pseudechis porphyriacus 

  • Mild to severe pain/swelling

  • Local redness

  • Headache

  • Nausea/vomiting/abdominal pain

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Collapse/unconscious state

  • Convulsions

SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND CALL 000

RED BELLIED BLACK SNAKE

 

Red Bellied Black Snakes are a glossy black and have red colouring on the flanks however not all snakes will have the red underbelly. It loves to frequent cooler areas in the hills, especially near creeks and dams as he is a frog eater, but also will eat mice and lizards. As opposed to the Brown Snake, his nature is more placid and is likey to retreat if confronted. 

PETS

 

  • Frothing around the mouth

  • Lethargic

  • Eyes dilated

  • Panting heavily

  • Unsteady on legs, back legs give way

  • Collapsed state

  • Loss of bladder/bowel control

SEEK URGENT VETERINARY ASSISTANCE

SNAKE BITE FIRST AID

  1. Keep the patient at rest.

  2. DO NOT wash the bite area.

  3. Apply a firm bandage over the bite site bandaging from fingers to shoulder/toes to thigh.

  4. Place a splint, eg long piece of timber/stick, along the limb and secure with another bandage.

  5. Reassure and keep the patient calm. Check pulse and breathing constantly.

  6. Sit/lay patient down on a bed or the floor/ground.

  7. Get medical attention URGENTLY.

  8. Ring 000 and keep mobile phone on.

 

Preferably get an ambulance to location over driving the patient. If the patient loses consciousness, roll them onto their side to keep airway clear.

 

If breathing stops, start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation immediately. If no pulse, start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) immediately. 

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