Tiger Snake Bite

Tiger snake bites can cause your legs to rot away with severe necrosis. Their venom is extremely deadly when it enters your blood stream.

What is it?

The tiger snake is one of the world’s deadliest snakes. It’s a venomous reptile ranging from 1 to 3 meters long. Unlike the cobra or viper, it’s characterized by the tiger-like stripes on its body, which change according to season and age. They normally feed on frogs, small mammals, and lizards, which they kill by delivering a highly potent neurotoxic venom, one bite of which can cause extreme pain and death to its victims within minutes if left untreated.

Where is it located?

Tiger snakes live in a variety of habitats throughout Australia, Tasmania, and Chappell Island, from drier desert areas to swamps and grasslands. All varieties of this snake species are more active at night and are tolerant to cold environments.

How it will kill you?

Although tiger snakes feed primarily on other animals, human attacks normally occur when people try to capture or kill them. Once they sense danger, they turn aggressive and attack. When a tiger snake bites you, its effects are deadly. Death from an untreated bite can happen in as quick as 30 minutes due to the neurotoxic, mycotoxic, blood coagulant compounds it contains that clots the blood in your bloodstream. The fatality rate from this venom is between 40 to 60%. A bite initially causes pain around the wounded area. The pain then moves to your feet and neck. After that, it progresses to tingling sensations throughout the body followed by difficulty breathing, paralysis, coma, and ultimately death.

How to survive?

Once you’ve spotted a tiger snake, DO NOT panic or run as sudden movements can cause it perceive you as a potential threat. Instead, slowly back away to a safe distance. But if you’ve already been bit, use the pressure immobilization method on the wound by applying bandages and a splint, then proceed to call for help in order to be administered antivenom. Avoid washing it and DO NOT attempt to suck the venom out. Follow this same treatment procedure for treating others who’ve been bit and perform CPR if necessary until professional medical help arrives.


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