Snake bites man at holiday park

A CAMPER at Minnie Water Holiday Park was rushed to hospital on Saturday night after being bitten by a snake.

A witness said it was believed the Grafton man was bitten by a venomous bandy bandy snake at about 9.30pm while trying to relocate the reptile.

After he was bitten, the witness said the man quickly developed breathing difficulties and drowsiness and was taken by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital.

The man was released several hours later.

The witness said the Grafton man attempted to capture and relocate the snake after it was seen entering a family’s camp site looking aggressive and agitated.

Clarence Valley wildlife rescue service WIRES does not recommend people attempt to move snakes, especially if they are venomous.

To have a snake removed safely by experienced snake handlers call WIRES on 6643 4055.

Quick facts

  • The bandy bandy feeds on blind snakes and small skinks.
  • The snake will lay up to 13 eggs.
  • The bandy bandy is active at night. It is able to dig or burrowand shelters in loose soil beneath rocks, logs or in soil cracks.
  • If agitated, the bandy bandy will contort its body into one ormore upright loops and will change and repeat this stance with abruptthrashing movements.
  • The snake is venomous.


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