A two-year-old Queensland boy’s in critical care, after being bitten three times by one of the deadliest snakes in the world.
The Coastal Taipan struck when little Eli went to collect eggs on Monday last week from the family’s back yard chicken coop at Agnes Waters in Central Queensland.
Snake experts say even though he’s still on life support in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, he’s lucky, as the Coastal Taipan is the third deadliest snake in the world.
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Australia also holds the dubious honour of having the two deadliest snakes on the planet, the Inland Taipan and the Eastern Brown.
Our Tiger Snake and Death Adder are also in the global top 10.
Children are also much more likely to die from snake bite than healthy adults.
In this case Eli suffered a heart attack but was revived by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital, where doctors are now hoping he’ll soon be well enough to be taken off ventilators.
Family friend Blake Hyland has set up a GoFundMe page to help the toddler’s parents, who have flown 500km to Brisbane to be by Eli’s side.
By Monday afternoon it had reached the halfway mark of the $20,000 target.
Meanwhile a teenage girl is in a Sunshine Coast hospital after being bitten on the foot by an unidentified snake this morning.
She was bitten on the foot at Boreen Point, north of Noosa, around 11am.