It is that time of year for many events, including Snake Bites

With the recent change in weather there have been increased sightings of snakes in both Central Australia and the Top End.

The Northern Territory hosts a wide variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes. Snakes generally will not attack people unless provoked or disturbed, and should be left along if sighted. It is important to have a  good understanding of the snakes that may inhabit your environment.

Signs of a snake bite are not always visible but may leave puncture marks, bleeding or scratches.

Symptoms developing within an hour may include headache, impaired vision, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, drowsiness, faintness, and problems speaking or swallowing.

In a medical emergency call 000 for an ambulance and apply First Aid applicable to snake bites.

Please take the time to read the First Aid treatment of snake bites provided by St John Ambulance Australia and the brochure on ‘Common Snakes in the Northern Territory’.

* First Aid Treatment of Snake Bites
* Common Snakes in the Northern Territory

Please stay safe and enjoy all the holidays have to offer.  Merry Christmas!

Last updated: 19 December 2016