How to survive a venomous snakebite — from a professional who’s been bitten before.
“AM I GOING to die?”
It’s a question you ask yourself after being bitten by a venomous snake.
It’s a question I’ve asked myself once. My husband, Chris Hay, has asked himself four times.
Deaths from snakebite rarely occur in Australia — two people die per year on average.
From 2000–2013, there were fewer deaths from snakebites than from bees, wasps, ants, and ticks.
Compared to India, where at least 42,000 snakebite deaths occur annually, we are indeed a lucky country when it comes to snakes.
But while there are only a couple of deaths each year, it’s estimated there are about 3,000 snakebites in Australia annually.
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