Snakes active even in the cold weather, Redlands Snake Catcher warns after man bitten on Russell Island

SNAKES ABOUT: It is unknown what species of snake bit a man on Russell Island on the weekend. Pictured is a highly venomous eastern brown snake.
SNAKES ABOUT: It is unknown what species of snake bit a man on Russell Island on the weekend. Pictured is a highly venomous eastern brown snake.

A MAN was taken to hospital after he was reportedly bitten by a snake at Russell Island on the weekend.

Paramedics were called to an island address about 7pm on Saturday before the man was taken to Redland Hospital in a stable condition. The species of the snake is not known.

A hospital spokesperson said the man had standard blood tests and was discharged.

Another man was taken to hospital earlier this month after he was bitten by a snake at Tingalpa.

Redlands Snake Catcher Tony Morrison reminded residents that snakes in the south-east are active year-round.

"They don't go into hibernation like they do in colder places," he said.

Despite the Redlands seeing cooler weather this month, Mr Morrison said he had been receiving a steady stream of calls.

He said most calls from the Southern Moreton Bay Islands were about non-venomous snakes like pythons or tree snakes, but people should always treat snakes as dangerous.

"Especially if you've been bitten, even if you think they're not venomous ... don't risk it, because you could pay with your life," he said.

He advised people who had been bitten to call the ambulance right away and stay as still as possible.

"Do not wash it, because at the hospital they will take a swab to identify the snake that bit you," he said.

"Apply a bandage as tightly as you would for a sprain."

Residents who have seen a snake in their home or yard can send a photo to Redlands Snake Catcher to determine whether it is dangerous.