Boy recovers from snake bite ordeal
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Tyler Worboys is making a full recovery from being bitten by what is believed to have been a red-bellied black snake at Coraki on Saturday.
The Wollongbar resident had a day off school yesterday and was resting after the bite that turned the family's weekend into "an adventure", mother Deb Mitchell said.
Tyler's foot was tender and swollen two days after the bite, and a single puncture wound was visible below his big toe.
He described the snake as small and black, but did not get a look at it until after it had bitten him, he said.
The doctors gave him tiger and brown snake antivenom because it worked on a bigger range of bites and covered black snakes, she said.
Tyler was bitten in shin-high grass on the bank of the Richmond River near the boat ramp at Coraki.
He was making his way to the toilet block.
"It just went boom," he said, showing the snake strike with hand movements.
Then it "slithered away," he said.
Ms Mitchell said Tyler was "panicky" and flustered when he got to her after the bite, but otherwise okay.
Ms Mitchell and friends who were at Coraki water skiing bandaged the wound until the ambulance arrived.
Two and half hours later, at Lismore Base Hospital, Tyler began vomiting and got a headache.
He spent the night there under observation and on a drip.
By the morning he was eating and he went home later that day.
It was Tyler's first run in an ambulance and his first stay in a hospital.
"It was an adventurous weekend," Ms Mitchell said.
At a glance
Bites from red-bellied black snake are rarely life-threatening due to the snake usually choosing to inject little venom toxin.
Bite victims need immediate medical attention.
The venom contains neurotoxins, myotoxins and coagulants and has haemolytic properties.
The red-bellied black is one of Australia's best-known snakes and is common in urban areas along the east coast.
It is often seen close to dams, streams, and other bodies of water.
It is generally not an aggressive species.