VIDEO: Man kicks brown snake in head, do not try at home
THERE is no reason to kick a brown snake in the head, even if the old guy in this video does it.
Although the clip is more than 12 months old, its viral nature means not only are we happy to pull it from the internet vault, but we're pairing it up with a safety lesson.
The footage appears to show a group of ducks and the cameraman keeping an eye on what we're told is a venomous brown snake.
Cue the silver-haired man who has run out of any damns he had to give.
The video is so damn Australian that it should probably end with the flag billowing in slow motion while the anthem plays.
With the weather heating up, more of us are in bare feet and this is Australia so snakes are always a risk.
Check out our beginners' guide to snakes below.
GENERAL SNAKE TIPS
If you see one, back away to a safe distance, let the snake escape. Snakes are protected as native wildlife.
Wear boots and trousers while bushwalking, not thongs.
Snakes are not super impressed by your pluggers.
Check you sleeping bag, shoes, clothes if you're camping.
IF YOU'RE BITTEN BY A SNAKE
Do not panic.
Try to remain calm, lie down and immobilise the bitten area. Life-threatening bites are rare.
Apply a bandage but do not block circulation.
Take a broad bandage and bind along the limb starting at the bite area, at the same pressure as for a sprain.
Bandage down the limb and continue back up the entire limb over and above the bite area. This will help prevent the spread of the venom through the body.
Do not remove the bandage. It is often easier to go over the top of clothing such as jeans rather than remove clothing.
- In an emergency, strips of clothing or pantyhose can be used instead of a bandage.
Immobilise the limb with a splint.
Lie down and keep the limb completely still until help arrives.
Do not elevate the limb or attempt to walk or run.
Movement will encourage the spread of the venom through the body.
Do not attempt to catch the snake. All too often, the snake will bite again if an attempt is made to catch it. Identification of the snake species can be obtained through samples of the patient's blood or urine, and from venom around the bite area.
If the species of snake still remains uncertain, a poly-antivenene may be used, which is suitable for treatment of all venomous snake bites.
Do not wash the wound.
Venom left on the skin will help doctors identify the snake and administer the appropriate antivenene.
Do not cut the wound. This will spread the venom into the bloodstream and can cause more serious injuries than the snake bite itself.
Seek medical help.
An antivenene may be required.
SNAKE IN THE HOUSE?
Don't try to kill it
You put yourself at risk.
Close internal doors but open the windows so it has a chance to escape.
Putting boxes/chairs under the windows might also help.
- If you want to encourage it a little, try spraying with a 'gentle jet' of water.