Would you know what to do if bitten by a deadly snake?

Brown Tree Snake Richie Gilbert
Brown Tree Snake Richie Gilbert

SUMMER is just around the corner, and 20 of the world's most deadly 25 species of snakes now call Australia home.

Snakes are many Sunshine Coaster's worst nightmare, but would you know what to do if one decided to bite you, a friend of someone in your family?

St John (Qld) first aid expert Mark Richards said there were many myths involved first aid treatment for snake bites, and it was important for Queenslanders to know fact from fiction.

"A common myth is sucking the venom out of a snake bite - this will simply spread the poison to another person and you will be left with two victims instead of one," he said.

"Do no wash the bitten area or try to catch the snake - your first step in any situation is to follow the DRSABCD action plan (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway Breathing, CPR and Defribilation)."

One of Mr Richards' top tips was to ensure the patient remains as calm as possible, reassuring them all will be OK.

"This will slow down the time it takes for the venom to go through the body," he said.

"Apply a pressure bandage with immobilisation, then splint the bandaged limb.

"Mark the sit of the bite on the bandage and write down as much information as you can, such as the time of the bite, a description of the snake and when the bandage was applied."

Mark said common symptoms of a snake bite victim included headache, nausea, drooping eyelids, drowsiness and problems speaking.

Would you know what to do if bitten by a deadly snake?

This poll ended on 21 October 2015.

Current Results

Yes, I keep up to date with my first aid training.


No. I would never be bitten by a snake.


Um ... phone the ambulance and hope for the best?


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"If you are unsure what type of snake bit your casualty, always call triple zero '000' for an ambulance."

St John Ambulance stressed these first aid tips are not substitute for first aid training.

St John Ambulance offers a range of first aid courses including Provide First Aid, Resuscitation and Workplace First Aid.

For more information visit or call 1300 ST JOHN.

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