How to Treat a Snake Bite

In Australia, there are approximately 4000 bites and around two deaths each year from venomous snake bites. The minimal death rate from venomous snake bites is due to the application of the Pressure Immobilisation Technique used to Provide First Aid . When camping, hiking, or enjoying your outdoor adventures, you need to be vigilant and prepared for any circumstances that our great Australian outback and wildlife can throw at you. If you live in Australia, knowing First Aid for snake bites is key.



There are two distinctive snake bites: Venomous snake bites and Dry snake bites.

A dry snake bite is when no venom is released. As recorded, venom is not released in 90% of snake bite incidents. Though these bites are still painful and may cause swelling and redness around the bite area.

A venomous snake bite can be life-threatening. The most commonly sighted venomous snakes in Australia include: Eastern Brown, Taipan, Tiger Snake, Death Adder, Copperhead, Mulga Snake, and Small-eyed Snake. However, it can be difficult to determine and identify the correct species of snake so bites should always be treated Venomous.

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