Snake at under-12 cricket match
LISMORE’S under-12 cricket carnival had a few ducks, a Far North Coast victory, and a snake attack yesterday.
Casino’s Allan Edmonds, a father of FNC under-12 player Jesse, was watching his son’s team defeat South-East Queensland when he noticed a whip snake at the Woodlawn ground.
An experienced snake handler, Mr Edmonds attempted to move the 30cm snake, which was panicking due to the crowd, into nearby bushes, but was nipped on the finger.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital and was under observation yesterday, but was expected to be released late last night.
“There’s no problem,” a sheepish Mr Edmonds said from hospital.
“I wanted to get back to the cricket, but I had to stay in hospital. I tried to move the little bugger but he nipped me.”
Unfortunately, Jesse compounded the Edmonds’ bad luck at Woodlawn when he was out for a duck in FNC Gold’s total of 73.
However, the FNC attack then found plenty of venom to dismiss the Queenslanders for 43.
Whip snakes are con- sidered potentially dangerous, according to the Australian Venom Research Unit.
“Most reported cases mainly involve local symptoms,” the AVRU website said.