UPDATE 6:36PM | A MAN is recovering in hospital tonight after being bitten by a death adder at a home in NSW.
The 48-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he was bitten below the knee while in his shed at his home in Muswellbrook on Saturday afternoon.
He was initially rushed by ambulance to Scone, around 30 kilometres away, for immediate anti-venom treatment.
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Once stable enough, the man was then airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to a hospital in Newcastle.
He is believed to be in a stable condition.
EARLIER: A MAN has been rushed to hospital after being bitten by a death adder – one of the most venomous land snakes in Australia – at his home in the NSW Upper Hunter Region.
The man, 48, was reportedly bitten by the deadly snake in a suburban shed at Muswellbrook, around 120 kilometres north-west of Newcastle, shortly before 3pm AEDT.
A death adder’s venom contains a highly toxic neurotoxin which can paralyse a human or kill them within six hours.
It’s understood the man was rushed by ambulance to Scone Hospital for immediate anti-venom treatment.
Scone is located roughly 30 kilometres directly north of Muswellbrook and takes around 30 minutes to get to by car via the New England Highway.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to airlift the 48-year-old man to Mater Hospital. His condition is not known.
A master of camouflage, the death adder possess the longest fangs of any Australian snake and is known to deliver the fastest strike among all venomous snake species in the country.
It is known to reach a maximum body length of 70-100 centimetres.