Venomous Snakes of Australia

"Australia's Worst Snakes!"

If you want to see some venomous snakes then come to Australia!

Australia has over 140 species of land snakes and another 32 species of sea snakes.

There are probably 100 of those that are venomous but only 10 which could actually kill you.

If you fancy a souvenir of these creatures then why not grab yourself this poster at just $14.95. It features all the most deadliest with some key facts too.

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You can come across snakes in urban areas as well as the outback but in general, you are more likely to see a snake in the outback.

9/10 they will slither away and be more scared of you. But it's always good to know what to do should you run into one!

The most venomous snakes are:

The brown snake
The Tiger Snake

The Brown Snake

The brown snake might not actually be brown in colour so spotting one can be fairly difficult.

They can be small (young) or large with some growing as long as 2.3 metres.

They are mainly found in Eastern Australia.

The Tiger Snake

The Tiger Snake has stripes on its back but again, not always so spotting one can be difficult.

They can live in suburban areas as one elderly woman found out whilst pruning her ivy. They generally grow to about 1.5 metres in length.

These are more likely to be found in Southern and Eastern Australia.

How To Avoid Getting A Snake Bite

Take some sensible precautions:

Don’t go bush walking in bare feet.

Avoid walking after dark through bushland when you can’t see what you are standing on

Try not to hit your golf ball into the rough

Wear long pants and boots taller than the ankle.

Avoid tall brush and deep, dark crevices.

Make plenty of noise and vibration while walking.

Do not approach snakes, avoid them.

Treat all snakes with respect – it’s really hard to tell the difference between non-venomous and venomous snakes, unless you have spent hours studying every species.

In most cases the snake will slide away and be more scared of you than you are of it. If it doesn’t then edge away calmly and don’t try to corner it.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Snake Bite

It’s common for the venom form a venomous snake to have an impact on the nervous system. This stops the muscles from working and causes paralysis and then death from heart failure.

Other venom can have an impact by destroying blood cells. The result is excessive bleeding or blood clots.

Early symptoms of venomous snake bites can include a really bad headache, vomiting, confusion, fast pulse or temporary loss of consciousness.

This can then lead to drooping eyelids, voice change, double vision, difficulty in swallowing and intense abdominal pain, which may be followed by the vomiting of blood.

First Aid - How To Treat A Snake Bite

First call 000. Delaying and waiting until the pain sets in could cost you dearly.

If, and only If its appropriate, get a picture of the snake, which will help the hospital identify the species. They can however usually tell by the bite marks or will know what snakes are around the area.

Don’t attempt to break the skin or suck the venom out – this is an old wives tail.

Don’t elevate the limb. You need to keep the limb BELOW the heart

Wrap the limb in a bandage. Start from the point closest to the heart and wrap towards the fingers or toes. Continue to keep the bite lower than the heart. Don’t cut off the circulation. It should be tight like wrapping a sprained ankle.

Try not to walk on it etc, the more immobile you can keep it the better.

All of the above is purely precautionary. Deaths from snake bites have been massively reduced due to the anti venom which is now available.

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