Isbister from Newcastle’s Calvary
Mater Hospital said snake
bites traditionally increase in Spring
a peak in late December and January
and it is important to know what to
do if this occurs.
“Particularly if holidaying in a regional area and
especially while camping, try to avoid
bitten in the first place by
not interfering with snakes, and
wearing long pants and
boots if walking in areas where snakes
present,” Dr Isbister said.
“Also ensure you are prepared
know what to do. If a person is
or spider, keep
them rested and still, call an
and use an elasticised bandage
be applied, and the
bite site should not be
cut or sucked. Move
slowly away from the snake and don’t try and kill it.”
are prepared for snake
season, with each
Local Health District
managing supplies of
anti-venom, according to location, snake
spider populations and history of bites.
Dr Isbister says brown snake and tiger snake anti-venoms are the
most commonly used treatments for snake
bites in NSW.
“Symptoms from a venomous
bite include nausea,
headache and in severe
the patient may collapse
resuscitation,” Dr Isbister said.
“Brown snake bites are probably the
most common snake bite nationally and in
NSW and there
also lots of red-bellied black snakes, which are treated
with tiger snake
When it comes to spiders,
people need to be aware
of funnel web and redback spiders.
bites, funnel web spider bites should be left
untouched except for the
of an elasticised
bandage and the
victim should remain still until
medical help arrives.
found in dark and dry
places, including shoes left outside,
under outdoor furniture
and sometimes in play