Mullumbimby boy tells of brown snake attack

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

A POTENTIALLY deadly snake bite was nothing compared with the needles five-year-old Jake Borgas has had to endure. The Mullumbimby boy was last week rushed to hospital after he was bitten by a brown snake. "I felt the scales but I didn't feel it crunch me," he said. "The needles in hospital hurt more." National Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman Lawrence Orel warned that snakes had become more active over the past few weeks as the weather warmed up. Last Thursday Jake was riding his bike along Pine Avenue a few blocks away from his home when he heard his mother yell 'snake, run!' "My mum saw it first... it had little black eyes and it was very long," said Jake yesterday. "It was as long as my sister - she's two-years-old." His mother Camille Borgas said she was pushing a pram about 20 metres behind Jake when she saw the snake rear up at his left foot.



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