Dean Staib is happy to be alive after being bitten by an eastern brown snake on Australia Day.
Dean Staib is happy to be alive after being bitten by an eastern brown snake on Australia Day. Jocelyn Watts

Brown snake bites man twice

A CLOSE call with one of the most venomous snakes in the world was not enough to stop a Bidwill resident from returning to work yesterday.

Dean Staib, 20, was bitten on the big toe twice by an eastern brown on Australia Day.

“I was just walking out of the house and across the driveway and I happened to tread on a brown snake,” he said.

“It bit me twice on the big toe but I only really realised when I saw it slithering away.”

Mr Staib, who was home alone, immediately recognised the reptile as being of the eastern brown species and “raced inside” to call an ambulance.

On arrival at the Maryborough Hospital staff started running tests “pretty much straight away” and soon confirmed the venom was that of a brown snake.

“Luckily, because the fangs went into the bone, it didn’t inject any of its poison into my bloodstream. But it took six to seven hours until they finally got results from my blood.

“It was the most surreal and frightening experience of my life.

“A lot of stuff was flashing through my mind – it was a long wait.”

Yesterday Mr Staib, a boilermaker, was back at work at the Maryborough Sugar Factory feeling fine.

“It was my first and hopefully last encounter I’ll ever have with a brown snake,” he said.

“It certainly wasn’t how I expected to spend Australia Day.”

EASTERN BROWN SNAKE
  • Is one of the most venomous land snakes in the world
  • Can be found in eastern and central Australia particularly in open grassland or scrub
  • Is variable in colour ranging from tan to grey to dark brown
  • Can grow up to two metres long and, on hot days, move at a surprisingly fast speed


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