Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tiger Snake!

When we were at the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, we came across this snake making his way across one of the footpaths.  After finding a reptile guidebook on KI, we were able to make the identification of a Tiger Snake

This is a venomous snake common to southern Australia and Tasmania.  It has a highly potent venom and mortality is around 60% if untreated.  Thankfully, these snakes are not very aggressive and there is an antivenom available.  We cared for a few snakebite victims while I was at the LGH.

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