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Man survives eastern brown snake attack

Snake bite cases have spiked on the Darling Downs.
Snake bite cases have spiked on the Darling Downs. STACEY MCCARTHY

A SNAKE bite killed his dog and if it wasn't for a pair of jeans, another could quite easily have killed him.

A 23-year-old Cotswold Hills man joined the region's growing number of snake bite victims on Monday morning when an eastern brown snake attacked him in front of his family's Ryans Dr home.

Queensland Ambulance Service statistics showed eight people had been treated for snake bites on the Darling Downs since the start of the month.

Another person had also been treated in the south-west Queensland region.

The man, who did not want to be named, took about four steps out of his front door when the 1.2m reptile struck him just below his right knee.

"I was wearing jeans, luckily," the man said.

"It got me once and then bolted pretty quickly."

The speed of the attack left him in shock.

"My first reaction was to drop a log on it but it got away."

SNAKES ALIVE

He quickly ripped his jeans off and saw the snake's bite had pierced his skin.

Paramedics were called and his dogs were locked away.

He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital but was discharged later that day.

Monday's attack came after one of his family's three dogs, a tenterfield terrier, was fatally bitten about June this year.

The man said his dogs had killed about 30 snakes at his property in the past four years.

"We get a lot of eastern browns."

He said there was not much more he could do other than keep his garden tidy and alert his neighbours when snakes were sighted.

"It is a way of life.

"You can't really change your way of life because there was a snake."

Meanwhile, a woman was flown to Toowoomba from the Southern Downs for treatment of a suspected snake bite yesterday.

An RACQ CareFlight Rescue spokeswoman said the 60-year-old had been walking through long grass on a property north-west of Texas when she felt something hit her leg.

A helicopter flew to Texas Hospital shortly after 11am to take the woman to Toowoomba Hospital.

"She told emergency services that she didn't see a snake, but had two puncture wounds on her leg," the spokeswoman said.

Authorities said she travelled in a stable condition.

Treating bites

  • Limit body movements to prevent venom spreading
  • Use a bandage to compress the bite, wrapping it tightly down the affected limb
  • Call 000
  • Remain calm

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