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As things start to warm up you may find yourself venturing outdoors more, but be sure to mind your step as snake season is upon us. Australia is an incredibly biodiverse country with countless landscapes to explore, but it also has a host of venomous snakes. There are around 100 venomous snake species in Australia, though only 12 of these can inflict a bite that could kill you. If you’re planning to make the most of the sunny weather be sure you are familiar with both snake species and snake bite treatment.
Snakes in Australia spend the cooler months in a state of brumation (kinda like hibernation…), and only become active when the temperature rises enough for them to warm up. Spring and Summer bring heightened snake activity and sightings, whereas the colder months will see them return to their burrows for longer periods of time.
Obviously one of the most efficient ways to prevent being bitten by a snake, is by avoiding areas that are prone to snakes. Whether your hiking or working the backyard be sure to avoid;
On warmer days, in summer or spring, be sure to mind your step as this is when snakes will most likely be sunning themselves on paths or rocks.
Though snakes often deliver a non-venomous ‘dry bite’ it is essential you contact emergency services and monitor for symptoms if you or a friend is bitten. As it is impossible to distinguish between a venomous and dry bite, always treat any bite as an emergency.
Regardless of whether you think the snake was venomous or not, treat the situation as an emergency and keep the patient who has been bitten as still and calm as possible. Contrary to popular belief, snake venom does not enter your bloodstream after being bitten, instead, it travels in the lymphatic system. By remaining as still and calm as possible this limits the spread of the venom in the lymph.
It is imperative you contact emergency services immediately, inform them of the situation including your current location and the state of the person who has been bitten.
Do not attempt to capture or observe the snake, it is likely just as frightened as the person it has bitten and prone to striking again. Instead focus on stabilizing and calming the person who has been bitten, and staff at the hospital can test for the specific venom type at the hospital.
If the snake has bitten someone on a limb (feet, leg, arm…) use a pressure immobilization bandage, common in most medical kits, to reduce the rate at which the venom spreads in the lymphatic system.
How to apply a pressure immobilization bandage
If you want to learn more about snake behavior and treatment for snake bites here are some helpful resources: