Be aware of snakes underfoot

SNAKES are slithering through the Tweed and the Ambulance Service of New South Wales is warning residents to be on the lookout.

Paramedics have responded to more than 40 triple zero calls for snake bites this month across NSW.

A spokeswoman from the Ambulance Service of NSW said there had been one snake bite emergency call in the Tweed region in the past month.

“A 16-year-old female was bitten at Marine Parade in Kingscliff on Tuesday, December 28,” the spokeswoman said.

“An ambulance transported her to the Tweed Hospital.”

A warning released by the Ambulance Service of NSW said despite repeated warnings not to drive yourself to hospital after a snake bite, many people had gone against advice and driven to hospital.

“Clearly easy for us to say but the Ambulance Service of NSW strongly advises patients to remain calm and stay put, as movement will exacerbate the envenomation process therefore worsening the patient’s condition,” the statement read.

“Snakes enjoy the warm weather as much as we humans do.

“They also like to laze in the sun and unfortunately many of them have colours and patterns that make them difficult to see.

“Flood affected areas are finding that snakes have been flushed out of their natural habitat and are seeking dry ground.”

Ambulance Service NSW recommended that residents leave snakes alone and walk away.

The service also recommended Tweed residents not touch or attempt to catch snakes and wear sensible, closed-in footwear when in high-risk areas.

Tweed residents are asked to remain on clearly defined designated tracks when bushwalking this month.



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