June 13, 2009
Janitor bitten by snake in dumpster
A janitor at a department store in downtown Melbourne survived a bite by a deadly snake lurking in a dumpster, medical workers say.
Paul Bentley, a spokesman for Ambulance-Victoria, said the 29-year-old told emergency workers he was throwing out trash in an alley behind the Myer store when he felt a bite on his finger, The Age reported. He pulled his hand out and saw an 8-inch snake with its fangs in his finger.
Brown snakes are among the most deadly in Australia and one of the most commonly involved in deaths from bites.
Tom Vida, a snake catcher, was brought in and failed to find the snake, He suggested the man might have been bitten by something else, possibly a rat.
If it was here, I would have found it, he said.
But he then said the snake might have escaped down a hole, making it impossible to find.