Snake bites put two in hospital

EMERGENCY services were called to two reported snake bites on the Sunshine Coast within half an hour of each other on New Year's Eve.

At 9.41pm, the Queensland Ambulance Service was called to a suspected snake bite at Pomona, north of Noosa.

Paramedics took a 37-year-old woman to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition. At 10.17pm, they were called to a home on Somerset Drv, Buderim, where a 43-year-old man had been bitten several times by a spotted python.

He was taken to Nambour hospital in a stable condition.

A Queensland Health spokesman said snake bites could be fatal and immediate medical assistance should be sought in all suspected cases.

"While not all snakes are venomous, some are difficult to identify, so all bites should be treated as being potentially dangerous," he said.

Call 000 for an ambulance and use the pressure-immobilisation technique while waiting for it to arrive.

If you have a snake in your yard that you would like to have removed, contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 130 372.



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