Sunday, April 28, 2013

Australian hockey player dies after snake bite from western brown snake

Australian hockey player dies after snake bite from western brown snake, A western brown snake killed an Australian hockey player last week. According to an April 26 report on Telegraph, Karl Berry had moved what he thought was a python away from where some children were playing on the hockey field. As he was throwing the snake in the bushes, it bit him, but he proceeded to complete his run before team practice. The circulation of the poison was accelerated as he ran, and he collapsed on the practice field. He died Wednesday night at the hospital.

Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most deadly snakes in the world. Experts describe the western brown snake bite as not being particularly painful, but it has venom 1.5 times as powerful as a cobra. Without treatment, the bite of a western brown snake will kill a human. Of the past 24 snake bite fatalities in Australia, 18 of those were from western brown snakes.

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