A Queensland farmer is a new contender for luckiest man in Australia after surviving his third brown snake attack.
Mark Lalor, 34, from Charters Towers, was mustering cattle on a property on Saturday when he ran over the two-metre monster on his motorcycle.
The venomous reptile then jumped up and bit him through his jeans, causing Mr Lalor to fall off his bike.
‘I was coming around to get around a mob of bullocks and I ran over the back of the snake and it jumped up and hit me in the leg through my jeans,’ he said.
‘I put me leg back down and it was still going, so I grabbed him like that [by the back of the head] and threw him,’ he told The Daily Mercury.
‘I pulled my belt off and strapped my leg, and rode to the rest of my other work colleagues.’
Mr Lalor was last bitten while working on a golf course in 2011, and took two weeks to recover from the effects of the snake’s poison.
A 2005 bite was even worse, leaving Mr Lalor bleeding from the eyes and the nose while lying cramped up in the foetal position.
Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue air crewman Shane Bargh said Mr Lalor told medical staff the snake was ‘so big’ it took his entire hand span to grab its head.
The farmer was the third snake bite victim Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service has airlifted in just six weeks.
‘Fortunately, a pressure immobilisation bandage was applied immediately and this correct first aid might just have saved his life,’ the service said.
‘He wasn’t in good shape with chest pains and feeling very unwell when we picked him up in the chopper and delivered him quickly to Mackay Base Hospital.’
The brown snake is considered the world’s second-most venomous land snake and is responsible for around 60 per cent of snake bite deaths in Australia.
Envenomation can result in paralysis, uncontrollable bleeding and death if left untreated.