Man bitten by snake on smallholding

2012-04-07 08:10

Johannesburg - A 28-year-old man was bitten by a snake while walking around a smallholding in Benoni, on the East Rand, paramedics said on Saturday.

The man said he stepped on the snake while he was walking and it wrapped around his leg, ER 24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

"He said the snake was fairly sluggish, presumably due to the recent cold spells in the area. The patient also said that the snake may have been a rinkhals," she said.

Jackson said when paramedics arrived there was evidence of a bite but the severity and penetration of the bite was not known.

"They monitored him closely in order to treat further symptoms as they appeared with the possible toxin spread through the bloodstream," Jackson said.

He was taken to the Far East Rand hospital in a stable condition, she said.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-07 08:19

    I hate snakes they evil

      Mark - 2012-04-07 09:04

      Rubbish. They're exceptionally vulnerable, stealthy hunters. With the exception of the Puff Adder and Black Mamba, most snakes will flee if you're in the area. The Rinkhals plays dead. \r\n\r\nTo be evil is to make a choice to cause harm without reason. Snakes tend to defend themselves-therefore any harm they cause is within reason. Better to remove them to safe places than declare them evil and kill them

      suikerblom - 2012-04-07 10:19

      Your a evil bitch! How can you say that? God created all, snakes also read ur bible carefully before u make such snide remarks!

      Paul - 2012-04-07 14:00

      It is because of people like you that our wildlife is killed for no reason. I can positively say that you are the evil one and not these majestic creatures.

      maggsie - 2012-04-07 14:05

      lol, wow, insulting someone by calling them a bitch, then preaching to them about God creating everything and suggesting they read the bible? lol, real classy. \r\n\r\nnb: i have no problem with snakes what so ever.

      Nombuso Sangqu - 2012-04-07 14:20

      iu can say whteva u wan say i dnt care... bt I HATE SNAKES period!!!!!!

      Paul - 2012-04-07 15:33

      @Nombuso, I see that the education system failed you in two departments. First your spelling, your grammar is disgusting, and secondly they failed in educating you on South African wildlife.

      Brent - 2012-04-08 07:09

      You may have a fear of snakes, that is undestandable. But they are certainly not evil, they are no more evil than a dog

  • Michael - 2012-04-07 08:20

    So many aggro snake stories of late - is it the weather, the Russians, the ANC....

      Koos - 2012-04-07 08:39

      I think it is Apartheid.

      Barefoot - 2012-04-07 08:51

      Yaaaawn!!! i think I'll go back to sleep

  • lawrence.ostle - 2012-04-07 08:43

    I was bitten on the smallholding once - very painful...

      Koos - 2012-04-07 12:48

      By a mozzie?

      Brent - 2012-04-08 07:02


  • maggsie - 2012-04-07 09:22

    And this is news because....

      Syl - 2012-04-07 13:21

      It may have been a trouser snake....

      Nombuso Sangqu - 2012-04-07 14:15

      .......d snake has bite d

  • elewies - 2012-04-07 09:54

    I shall shat myself when a snake bites me

  • Brent - 2012-04-07 09:59

    Must be a slow news day...

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-07 10:25

    Wow News24

  • alan.carstens - 2012-04-07 19:44

    So I said NEWS24 SUCKS and that they have no facts in this article. Then they went on to delete my message!?!?!? Well YOU SUCK news24. Idiots

  • Brent - 2012-04-08 06:58

    Lol. Well last week when coming home, walking down the stairs I spotted a brown house snake, I tried to catch it so I could release it, and it bit me. Twice. So news24 I'm willing to give you an exclusive interview, let me know when you want to send a reporter around.

  • TheAppsMan - 2012-04-08 20:31

    Why is a snake bite newsworthy - snakes are a natural part of our fauna and flora. If you step on one it will probably bite.

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