NSW Health Issues Snake and Spider Watch Recall | County Chief of St George and Sutherland

0

Poisonous: This snake, believed to be an Eastern Tiger Snake, was sighted in Yowie Bay. Photo: Nicole Brown on Facebook

With summer well and truly here, NSW Health is warning people to watch out for snakes and spiders lurking in and around residential properties.

The people of New South Wales are among the most likely to be bitten by snakes and spiders.

With the recent mouse plague and damp, humid weather, wildlife experts have predicted an increase in poisonous snakes and spiders.

“Snake season usually peaks at the end of December and January, but we have already seen an increase in snakebites compared to this time last year,” said Genevieve Adamo, senior poisons specialist at the Poison Information Center.

“We have some of the most poisonous creatures in the world, from the brown snake to the funnel-web spider, but luckily there is plenty of antivenom available to treat all bites.

“Although bites from these types of creatures are rare, it’s important to know what to do and act quickly.”

Nicole Brown of Yowie Bay got scared in late November when her five-year-old daughter saw what was believed to be an Eastern Tiger Snake in her backyard on Warrah Road.

The snake was hiding near the cubby house on this Yowie Bay property recently.  Photo: Nicole Brown on Facebook

The snake was hiding near the cubby house on this Yowie Bay property recently. Photo: Nicole Brown on Facebook

“It was only a yard from where she was standing, right next to the house and the fence, about a yard from our back patio,” Ms Brown wrote on Facebook. “It was about a meter and a half long.

“We’re near the school and not really near the bush. I never expected to see one in our backyard.”

The Eastern Tiger Snake prefers grassy areas near water. This snake is shy and will run away if given the chance, but if it feels threatened and has no way of escaping it will bite. They are very poisonous.

“It was pretty fiery, craned our necks a few times. My daughter was terrified,” Ms. Brown said.

“My father luckily grabbed the snake in the pool shovel and released it into the bush, far from us. “

For snakebites, immediate medical attention should be sought. If someone has collapsed from a snake bite, start CPR immediately. If someone is bitten, keep them still, call an ambulance, and apply a pressure immobilizer bandage. Tight tourniquets should not be applied, and the bite site should not be washed, cut, or vacuumed. Symptoms of a poisonous bite can include nausea, vomiting, and headache, but first aid should be applied whether or not these symptoms are present.

Most spider bites are harmless. But if a person has been bitten by a large black spider or funnel web, it is a medical emergency. If someone is bitten, keep them still, call an ambulance, and apply a pressure immobilization bandage, with an additional bandage all over the limb. A bite from a funnel web can cause severe pain, sweating, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and muscle twitching. A red spider bite can lead to pain and redness, but it is not considered life threatening and therefore does not require a bandage.

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.