Appearance: any colour from brown to black to orange, with or without black stripes - want to test your luck identifying it?
Distribution: every damn place except Tasmania but including the Lance Cove River National Park, which is on the other side of my back fence.
Is it dangerous?
- Good to know that it is uncommon to die within 4 hours.
In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year, of which 200 to 500 receive antivenom; on average one or two will prove fatal. About half the deaths are due to bites from the brown snake; the rest mostly from tiger snake, taipan and death adder. Some deaths are sudden, however in fact it is uncommon to die within four hours of a snake bite.
The snake wrangler came to catch it and was all "oh fark" when he saw that it was not a common python as he believed it to be. He spend his time futzing about and patting his back pocket to make sure his compression bandage was still there. He didn't manage to catch it but I'm not sure that I blame him. At least it wasn't one of these.