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Snake bite kills man after NSW floods

By Jessica Tapp, staff, Tuesday March 19, 2013 - 10:03 EDT
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The Stephen's Banded Snake is found in coastal southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. - Audience submitted

A man who had to be rescued from floodwaters after being bitten by a snake on the New South Wales mid-north coast has died.

It took emergency services about three hours to reach the man after he was bitten on the hand by a venomous what is believed to be a Stephen's Banded Snake at a rural property, south west of Bellingen earlier this month.

Flooding, torrential rain and the remote location hampered the rescue effort.

The 60-year-old Kalang man did not reach hospital until seven hours after he was bitten.

He was unconscious at times, and in a critical condition when he received anti-venom treatment.

The man was transferred to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital where died at the weekend.

Park ranger Anton Ingarfield says the type of snake involved is a threatened species that is found between the Gold Coast and Newcastle.

"It's usually unlikely for people to come into contact with them," he said.

"It may be because of the flood situation, they tend to move a bit away from their normal haunts, and might come in contact with people.

"But most of the time these snakes don't come into contact with people, it's a bit of an unusual case."

A funeral for the man will be held next week.


© ABC 2013

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