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Woman hospitalised after tiger snake bite

Neil Mitchell
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Snake numbers are reaching plague proportions in some parts of Victoria and at least two people have been hospitalised after suffering bites.

Barbara McDougall, a Cranbourne resident, has told Neil Mitchell she was hospitalised for three days after a tiger snake jumped out at her as she was moving her wheelie bin, latching onto her ankle.

Ms McDougall said she had lived in the area for 39 years and though she had seen a handful of snakes, it was the first time she had ever been attacked.

‘My wheelie bin was just standing on the concrete against the garage brick wall,’ she told Neil. ‘So it wasn’t in grass or anything like that.’

‘I’ve just got to be extra aware when I go outside…I’ll probably be very careful for a little while.’

A neighbour of Barbara rang 3AW Mornings and said three dogs were recently killed by snakes in her area, including her own jack russell.

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Listen as Barbara McDougall describes the attack to Neil


Last night a man aged in his 20s was hospitalised after being bitten by a snake near Seymour and a Kyabram woman also suffering a suspected snake bite at around 5am

One snake catcher has said that conditions are ideal for snakes this summer and urban sprawl means people will come into contact with them more often.

Barbara’s neighbour speaks to Neil about snakes in her area


Neil Mitchell