Man dies after being bitten by suspected eastern brown snake

A MAN has died just minutes after being bitten by what is thought to have been a deadly eastern brown snake at his home in North Queensland.

An ambulance was called to the man’s home in the Townsville suburb of Derragun shortly before 5.30pm on Thursday after he collapsed suddenly.

Paramedics arrived to find the man, believed to be aged in his 40s, in a critical condition.


Despite their best efforts to try and revive him, the man could not be saved and sadly died at the home.

It’s believed the man had been bitten on the arm by a 1.5m long eastern brown snake.

If true, he will have been the 10th person in Australia to have died from being bitten by the deadly snake in the last 25 years and the first in Queensland in seven years.

The last known fatality occurred in the northern NSW town of Tamworth in January this year after a 24-year-old man was bitten while trying to protect the family dog.

His death followed the death of a six-year-old girl who was bitten at Walgett, also in northern NSW, in February 2016.

The eastern brown is considered to be the second-most venomous land snake on the planet.

Of the 10 fatalities recorded in Australia since 1993, six have been in Queensland.

A 17-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman died after they were bitten just four weeks apart in the Southern Downs town of Warwick in 2011.

A 35-year-old man was also bitten and killed in the central mining town of Emerald in the same year.