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Australian field hockey player
dies after venomous snake bite,
then training run

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Hazymac, 4/27/2013 10:02:44 PM

DARWIN, Australia — A field hockey player has died after he was bitten by a venomous king brown snake in Australia’s tropical Northern Territory and then went for a run. Fairfax Newspapers reported Friday that 26-year-old Karl Berry was cleaning up at Marrara Hockey Centre in Darwin on Tuesday when he picked up a snake. He thought it was a nonvenomous python and threw it into the bushes. Berry was bitten on the hand but did not realize the bite was poisonous and went on a 1.2-mile training run before collapsing. St. John’s Ambulance operations manager

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The king brown snake (also known as the mulga snake) from Australia possess venom of sufficient toxicity that any untreated bite will almost always be fatal. The LDL (that means the amount of venom that will cause 50% mortality in a test group) ratings of the king brown (which is actually a type of Australian black snake) is among the deadliest on earth. If one of these snakes tags you, get to the hospital immediately, and avoid jogging, which speeds the venom on its way.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: snakeoil, 4/27/2013 10:08:15 PM     (No. 9299890)

The way to handle any snake is to stand back about 15 feet, point your 12 gauge shotgun at it, and fire until it slithers no more. If only Eve had had a hoe.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 4/27/2013 10:10:28 PM     (No. 9299892)

In Australia, home of the taipan and other nasty snakes, I think I´d make sure what kind of snake I was grabbing before doing so. This poor guy just assumed it wasn´t venomous. King brown snake bites are usually treatable if medical help is obtained fairly quickly, but not after jogging.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: flyguy359, 4/27/2013 10:11:29 PM     (No. 9299893)

Adam had a ho.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Muggins, 4/27/2013 10:18:20 PM     (No. 9299898)

I don´t mess with snakes. I think that´s a good policy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ravenhaven, 4/27/2013 10:53:47 PM     (No. 9299906)

Whenever I see a large snake, I pick it up and toss it in the bush? What else?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 4/27/2013 11:04:44 PM     (No. 9299908)

You need to assume that just about everything in Australia is deadly, including the birds.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Shells, 4/27/2013 11:37:44 PM     (No. 9299918)

Bill Bryson wrote a great travel book on Australia.
Astounding how many creatures can kill you there.

Enough to keep me in this hemisphere. I have really bad luck.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 4/27/2013 11:43:25 PM     (No. 9299921)

Apparently king brown snake bites inject a large amount of venom.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/28/2013 12:58:18 AM     (No. 9299949)

Young men, feeling strong and invulnerable, can make such deadly mistakes. Very sad.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: desertcowboy, 4/28/2013 7:19:19 AM     (No. 9300028)

Very sad, but I would have thought anyone growing up in Australia would recognize a king brown snake, and at least know not to pick up a snake unless you were sure it wasn´t venomous.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy, 4/28/2013 8:27:14 AM     (No. 9300072)

Know thine enemy! -- Tsun Tsu

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 4/28/2013 8:55:31 AM     (No. 9300101)

Darwin Award winner!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 4/28/2013 8:59:19 AM     (No. 9300106)

My respect for and fear of snakes has been really expensive. I can´t tell you how many garden hoses I´ve cut in half over the years with a shovel.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dadofboys, 4/28/2013 10:02:29 AM     (No. 9300199)

Just as I suspected....exercise will kill you.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: georgia peach, 4/28/2013 11:31:34 AM     (No. 9300337)

#6,hilarious!!!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/28/2013 1:13:23 PM     (No. 9300457)

Note that this happened in Darwin, Australia. It figures.

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