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Elderly Qld man critical after taipan bite

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016 Tracey Ferrier

An elderly Cairns man is fighting for life after being bitten on the foot by a large taipan that slithered into his lounge room.

The man, aged in his 70s, went into cardiac arrest after the highly venomous snake bit him at his Yorkeys Knob home about 8pm on Tuesday.

Quick-thinking paramedic Valerie Noble heard the job come over the radio, and raced a dose of anti-venom to the house, while listening to officers who were at the scene detail the man's rapid decline.

"I picked up the anti-venom from the hospital and drove it out to the scene where (officers) were performing CPR," she said.

"Shortly after giving the anti-venom we got a pulse back (but) the patient was still quite fragile."

He was taken to the Cairns hospital in a critical condition, and has since been given another dose of anti-venom.

Ms Noble said the man was trying to kill or chase the snake out of his house when he was bitten.

"But the snake was obviously quite fast and bit him," she said.

"There was quite a lot of blood ... so potentially the snake has hit a vein ... a rapid almost injection of the venom."

Authorities have warned people to be on the look out for snakes, who are active at this time of year.

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