Venomous snake bites woman while lying in her own bed


The eastern brown is the world’s second-most venomous snake behind the Australian inland taipan.

A photo of the snake in the woman’s bed.

A photo of the snake in the woman’s bed.Credit: RACQ LifeFlight

There have been cases in Australia where an eastern brown bite victim has gone into cardiac arrest “almost immediately”, Hooper said.

Most have “minutes to hours” to seek treatment depending on the amount of venom in their system.

“They are very toxic snakes,” Hooper said.

Fortunately, the woman’s family did everything right after her rude awakening.

They put a pressure bandage over the bite and up her arm while keeping her still.

“That’s really important because it restricts the flow of the venom to the rest of the body,” Hooper said.

“She was very fortunate that they did that because without that it can be really life-threatening.”

Hooper said snakes were more active during the Australian summer and encounters with humans were common.

However, he conceded Friday’s incident was “unusual”.

“It’s not every day someone gets bitten by one of the deadliest snakes in Australia while they are in bed,” he laughed.


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