Woman survives strike by a deadly taipan in the Fraser Coast
A WOMAN has been hospitalised after she survived being bitten by a highly-venomous snake in Booral.
The 29-year-old was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital by paramedics on Monday about 7pm, where she s remained Tuesday evening.
A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesman said it was suspected the woman had been bitten by a taipan. She was immediately treated with anti-venom.
The Chronicle understands the woman was attacked at a private address in Booral about 6.20pm on Monday.
The woman was in a stable condition when the Chronicle checked-in Tuesday night.
What to do in case of a snake bite
Snake bites in Australia from land or sea snakes can be potentially fatal and immediate medical assistance should be sought for all cases of suspected snakebite.
While not all snakes are venomous, it is difficult to identify snakes, so all bites should be treated as being potentially dangerous.
In the event of a snake bite, call triple-0 for an ambulance, use the pressure-immobilisation technique, and have the patient taken immediately to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. Antivenom is available.
If you have a snake in your yard, contact a local snake catcher to remove the snake for a fee.
Do not attempt to kill or capture the snake yourself.
For more information on Queensland snakes and in-depth instructions about the pressure-immobilisation technique, go online to childrens.health.qld.gov.au.