MUSTERER Mark Lalor didn't think he would survive being bitten by a highly-venomous brown snake for the third time in his life.
The 34-year-old Charters Towers man was mustering on a property in Clermont on Saturday when he ran over the seven-foot-long snake with his motorbike.
"I was coming around to get around a mob of bullocks and I ran over the back of the snake and it jumped up and hit me in the leg through my jeans," Mr Lalor said.
"He was a fair lump of a snake too, about 7-foot."
Mr Lalor said the snake was so large he had to use all his strength to pull it off.
"I put me leg back down and it was still going, so I grabbed him like that [on the back of its head] and threw him," he said.
"I pulled my belt off and strapped my leg, and rode to the rest of my other work colleagues.
"I was on the ground and my work colleagues they had it all strapped up to my thigh, we had it splintered and marked where the bite was on the bandage."
Paramedics rushed Mr Lalor to the Clermont Airfield where he was met by the RACQ CQ Rescue crew.
By that point he had trouble breathing and had begun dry retching.
"I thought I was gone. Yeah I felt... I kept dry retching, and I just wasn't feeling 100 per cent,"
"I didn't know if I was going to make it.
"It's scary now when you think about it a bit more. Like there were a couple of hours there in hospital where I couldn't see nothing.
"I knew my eyes were open, but it was like a cloud of smoke."
But Mr Lalor said his run in with a brown snake has been a lot better this time, considering he didn't bleed from his eyes, ears, or gums.
The last time he was bitten was in 2011 while working on a golf course in Charters Towers.
He was supervising a crew of men when a snake attacked him from under some debris. His mates threw the offending reptile into a nearby dam.
Mr Lalor was rushed to Charters Towers Hospital where a doctor asked if he wanted to call anyone because it was "touch and go".
He was airlifted to Townsville for treatment and was "buggered" for about two weeks.
Mr Lalor said he had to sleep for four days before he "came good".
"I'm a lucky man but, I've got nine lives," he said.
"My mates say I'm like a cat.
"If you ask my wife, she'll say I'm the unluckiest man in the world."
By far the worse snake incident for the contract musterer was in 2005, when he was bitten by the deadly brown for the first time.
Mr Lalor was working on a property in Greenvale, northwest of Townsville, when a he lifted up a log and stirred the reptile.
"I was petrified," he said
"I was on the back of a quad bike just laying there in a foetal position just cramping up.
"I was bleeding from my eyes and my nose."
That time they were 20km away from the nearest house and had to drive 10km to get radio reception.
Mr Lalor said he has been airlifted so many times he's probably done enough hours to get his helicopter license.
He said the seven-foot brown snake is still alive, and he doesn't blame it for taking a nip.
"It hasn't scared me off snakes, he bit me for a reason,
"I think if someone ran over my toe, I'd try to punch 'em. I can't blame him for biting me.
"It has slowed me down a lot more, I think about my wife and my family and that a lot more. If I'm gone, who's going to take care of them."
Mr Lalor will be back at work at the Clermont property tomorrow but isn't quite sure if his mates are throwing him a party tonight.
"I feel very drained and lethargic but if you don't work you don't make money.
"I dare say there will be a couple of beers."