Man bitten by deadly snake reaches for beer

10th March, 2014 by Gabriel Stone

An Australian man reacted to a bite from one of the world’s most poisonous snakes by saying: “If I’m going to cark it, I’m going to have a beer.”

eastern brown snakeRod Sommerville from Queensland was bitten in his garden by an eastern brown snake, which has the second most toxic venom of any land snake in the world and is responsible for more deaths in Australia each year than any other snake.

After hitting the snake on the head with his spade, Sommerville called an ambulance and opened a beer while he waited for it to arrive, making sure not to wake his teenage son who was asleep on the sofa.

“I said to myself, if I’m going to cark it I’m going to have a beer, so I got a Goldie out of the fridge and drank that, he told the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. “If you panic it makes it worse.”

Having arrived in hospital, Sommerville suffered an allergic reaction to the anti-venom, keeping him in hospital for the last three weeks.

“The reaction nearly killed me as well, so it was a double whammy,” he told the paper.

Earlier this year a New Zealand man who had been bitten by a shark dropped into the pub on his way to hospital.

4 Responses to “Man bitten by deadly snake reaches for beer”

  1. Marinel says:

    But did the beer help – that’s the crucial question!

  2. Wombles says:

    I love that pragmatic approach to a life/death situation! Cool guy. Too bad for him that part with the anti-venom though.

  3. Chris Barnes says:

    I have been dealing with snakes and snake bite all my life, one very important factor to remember when going in for a venomous bit, the doctor, should, if there is time, administer only 2 mill, of the anti venom and await any reaction and should be standing by with anti histamine treatment if the patient has the reaction, only once the doctor is sure the patient can take the serum should he then administer the dosage.

    Many people have died as a result of the anti venom having an adverse effect on the bitten victim.

    I doubt that the beer would have helped at all, but it did keep the cool old bugger a lot cooler.

  4. Simon says:

    I love the pic of the eastern brown snake, why? i took the photo.

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