Snake Bites

All of the top ten venomous snakes are found in Australia

Around 3,000 people are bitten by snakes every year in Australia

600 Australians visit hospital a year due to snake bites

IS A SNAKE BITE

Dangerous?

Australia is home to the deadliest snakes in the world, which makes every snake bite a potential medical emergency. When bitten, a mixture of toxic substances flows through your lymphatic system and can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. 

Seek medical assistance immediately after a snake bite.

HOW TO TREAT

Snake Bites

Restricting movement is crucial after a snake bite, because muscle movement stimulates the lymphatic system and speeds up the spread of venom throughout the body. Use a snake bite bandage to immobilise the area, without cutting off blood circulation.

Watch the video to learn how to apply a snake bite bandage.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE IS

BITTEN BY A SNAKE?

  • Headache, confusion or dizziness
  • Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tingling, stinging or burning skin
  • Bleeding or paralysis

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