A pensioner died after being attacked by a tiger snake, which was still on his arm when his neighbor found him.
Winston William Fish, 78, had been bitten repeatedly by a four-foot tiger snake and he was still conscious, holding the snake’s head.
The snake had bitten Mr Fish, a farmer from Tasmania, on the hand and inner thigh, Daily Mail Online reports.
The incident took place on January 28 and he was taken to hospital by helicopter.
He was treated with an antidote, but unfortunately Mr. Fish died two days later of multiple organ failure caused by the snake venom, a coroner concluded.
Mr. Fish was working on his farm the day he was attacked and it was his dog who raised the alarm.
The first person on site “saw a snake attached to his right hand, while Mr. Fish held his head with both hands to squeeze it,” noted coroner Olivia McTaggart.
She saw that it had wrapped around Mr. Fish’s right arm up to his neck and that the body was moving around. At the time, Mr. Fish was still conscious. ”
One of the neighbors used a knife to cut off the head of the snake.
The man said Mr. Fish was “in pretty bad shape” and that his hand had turned black where he had been bitten.
Emergency services moved Mr. Fish to a hospital in Hobart, where he later died.
Mrs. McTaggart was unable to determine the circumstances in which Mr. Fish encountered the snake, but noted that deadly bites are rare.
Despite several bites each year, Mr. Fish is Tasmania’s third known death since 1948.
The risk of being bitten is low, Ms. McTaggart said.