House-Sitting Australia: Watching the Second Most venemous Snake in the World – Swim By
Paula here – writing this blog on January 13, 2017. The temperature will reach 35c today.
We love Australia and spent a year here on a teacher exchange. We have been house-sitting for the last four years (Europe, Tahiti, New Zealand, Britain and Australia). This is our fourth visit and it will NOT be our last.
Like most Australians, we had never seen a poisonous snake- until a couple of days ago. Luckily, it was in a creek and swimming quickly away. Barney, our chocolate lab just looked at it. Prior to its arrival, Barney had been recovering thrown sticks in the creek.
Identifying our Swimming Snake
We sent pictures of our visitor and it has been identified as an Eastern Brown. From reliable internet sites, the Brown has the second most toxic venom in the world! The first most toxic snake is the inland Taipan. It has more venom than the Brown which gives it a first rating.
What is remarkable is that snakes try to avoid humans and snake bites in Australia are very rare.
Let Me Tell You about “Brownie.”
You can see from the picture that it fits the average length of between 3.6 to 5.98 feet (1.1 to 1.8 m). It has a slender body with a short and founded head. We are not sure if it is a male or female.
The Better Side of “Brownie.”
Unlike cobras and vipers, Brownie has very short fangs (3 mm) and they inject a very small amount of venom. If left untreated a human can die.
Snake Bite Treatments
Bandaging from above the bite (towards heart) is recommended. Placing a splint (tree branch etc) and curtailment of movement is recommended. The bite wound should not be cleaned as it helps to identify the snake. Anti-venom shots are available at medical centres, hospitals and National Parks. In isolated areas, the Australian Flying Doctors will be contacted.
More Australians die from bee stings, shark attacks and car accidents than from snake bites. Most car/truck drivers have seen more accidents on the road than have every seen a snake in the wild. We were quite thrilled to see “Brownie” – but from a distance.