Snake attacks a boy in Australia – level 3, A12

Snake attacks a boy in Australia – level 3, A12

29-09-2012 17:00

An Australian teenager has survived being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes.

The Inland Taipan has venom so powerful that just one drop can kill 100 men. And yet the 17-year-old boy was bitten on the hand on Wednesday and lived to tell the tale.

"We'd never seen a Taipan before. They're not from this area and to have somebody bitten by an Inland Taipan is quite serious."

The boy took himself to a local hospital just north of Sydney, with the snake in a plastic tub. He has now been transferred to Newcastle Mater Hospital.

The Inland Taipan usually lives in central Australia's arid deserts, hundreds of miles from the coast. It is not yet known why the snake was so far from its natural habitat.


Interesting words: venomous (venomous animal produce poison), tell the tale (be able to speak about something), tub (small container), arid (dry), habitat (place where an animal lives).


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