Another Snake Fatality 8 Year Od Girl

Submitted: Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 01:05
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Uralla near Armidale.
Helping mum and dad in corn field I think.
Suffered heart attack brfore medics could arrive
Died in hospital
Scary Isn't it
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Reply By: Flash - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 10:13

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 10:13
My son and a friend were down by the creek on a friend's property near Armidale a few years ago. They were just wandering along when an extremely aggressive Brown snake suddenly leapt up and had them literally "cornered".
Very scary. My mate, (the property owner) saw their predicament and attacked the snake with a stick- he was very quick thinking.
It then backed off and scurried away, but two things stuck in my mind:
1. How quickly it all happened....and
2. How incredibly aggressive the snake was. It was going for the boys and was not going to back off, until attacked by an adult with a stick who knew what he was doing..
Scared the hell out of us all!
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:14

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:14
In have had reports of browns chasing kids down the street. When annoyed they can be very aggressive indeed.
But most snakes are more frightened than you are. Make enough noise and you usually won't even come across one.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:29

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:29
i must really be missing something. Round the table after a few beers and after killing a few pythons as death adders everyone except me has tales of snakes up to 14ft long chasing down unfortunate bushmen for many kilometers until they are finally able to remove their head.
amazingly the snakes i see are more like 4 and 1/2 foot max and quickly slither away.
Even the ones Brian Bush the snake man releases in a room for you to catch do not "chase" anyone or act aggresively-only defensively and that is one cornered by 1/2 a dozen people
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:38

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:38
The story was told to me by the children involved, and by witnesses. Perhaps your king browns are less aggressive ?
I have rarely seen a snake in the wild. I move with a lot of noise, using a stick if necessary. Had a few turn up at home but easily dissuaded and they slither home without any fuss.
Crawled over one at night in camp once. Thats when I learned to keep my torch by my bed :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:58

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:58
I find that a disturbed snake displaying a defensive response can become a near death experience when retold, often involving being chased.
As for kids telling the story. As a kid i was told of people having to take shelter on the back of a truck which was just high enough to prevent a rabid death adder who had chased a group of people from jumping onto the tray and killing all and sundry. Apparantly (told without a word of a lie" its leaps were just falling short as the unfortunate souls huddled in the centre of the trucks tray waiting for ineviatable death.

point is i have heard some serios amounts of BS when it comes to snakes
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Follow Up By: Member - Darren T (VIC) - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 22:45

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 22:45
Amuses me every time I hear of someone being "chased" by a snake.

Snakes have poor eyesight, at best can only see approx 2m in distance in front of them. They mostly rely on movement to see, that`s why it is recommended to stand still if you come across a snake. 99% of the time the snake will be long gone before it sees you (or you see it). Without external ears, they can`t hear airborne sound, and "hears" by detecting vibrations in the ground. Most of the time it will know your coming before you even know it is there.

If someone has been "chased", it`s more likely the person has become between the snake and its comfort / safety zone. And the person doing the running has run towards the place the snake wants to go, making it appear the snake was chasing them. The land speed of a snake is somewhat slower than a human, and would think it impossible for a snake to actually chase down anyone or anything.

What really annoys me is when you hear of news reports of snake "attacks". A snake will bite in self defence, they don`t go out of their way to seek out humans and "attack" them. Normally a snake won`t bite anything it doesn`t want to eat (unless its in self defence), otherwise it would be going after every roo, wombat, cow, sheep, goat and anything else that moved out in the paddocks / wild.

I think a fear of snakes tends to exaggerate peoples stories of encounters. The bigger the snake, and the more venomous, and the faster the snake always makes for a better story.
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Reply By: WDR - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 13:48

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 13:48
Good subject for it though

How about spider stories?
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Reply By: landed eagle - Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 21:57

Monday, Mar 12, 2007 at 21:57
Just a note for those who may be thinking of a summer trip to Tassie next summer.

ALL our snakes are poisonous. The Tiger,Copperhead and White Lipped Whip Snake. Thankfully the antivenene(?) is the same for all three. Just get to a hospital asap!

PS. I just got back from 4 days in Tassie Central Highlands. First phone call I received when I was back in mobile range was a bloody telemarketer. I'd just had four days of NO phone or TV reception. (BLISS). Needless to say his call was a short one!
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