Man Gets Bit by Snake. Man Recovers. Man Gets Bit Again

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2016 4:08 PM CST
In this Dec. 18, 2012, photo, eastern brown snakes sit in a deep tub after hatching in Queensland, Australia.   (AP Photo/Trish Prendergast)

(Newser) – Australian kids today probably don't hear much late-'80s glam rock anymore, which may explain why Great White's "once bitten, twice shy" mantra didn't come into play in this story out of Queensland. Per the Brisbane Times and the AP, an 18-year-old contractor was clearing away trees and other overgrowth near Capella on Friday when a snake emerged from the scrub and bit him on the lower right leg. A Royal Automobile Club of Queensland chopper flew the man to Mackay Base Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. But while his wounds likely weren't pleasant, the unnamed man toughed it out and headed back to the same patch of grasslands on Sunday with his chainsaw, ready to get back to his job.

Which led to two more snakebites on the opposite side of the field, this time on his left forearm, and another ride in a rescue helicopter to Mackay. "This incredibly unlucky fellow wasn't very talkative, as he was in [a] great deal [of] pain when we arrived at the hospital," one of the RACQ crew notes to the Times. The injured man couldn't provide any detailed description of this particular attacker, other than it was "brown colored." A snake expert from Canberra Reptile Zoo tells the AP that the unfortunate guy was likely the victim of two separate slitherers, and that they were probably both of the eastern brown snake variety—said to be the second most toxic snake in the world, per the Billabong Sanctuary. (This poor guy has a similar story, except his involves spiders and toilets.)

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