Man Who 'Wasn't Sure Where He Was' Lucky to Be Alive After Bite From Highly Venomous Snake Hiding in His Car

An Australian man was rushed to hospital last week after being bitten by a deadly snake that slithered into his car while he went for a swim.

The incident occurred at Back Creek Park in Millmerran, a town in the Toowoomba Region of Queensland, after the victim left his car's door open and was attacked after returning to the vehicle, 7News reported. The man, 54, has not been named by law enforcement.

After being bitten, the victim attempted to contact the local emergency services but "wasn't too sure where he was," Sergeant Steven Ryan told 7News.

The man, who was with his pet dog at the time, made a makeshift tourniquet but was only saved after another driver spotted his vehicle's hazard lights had been switched on. The victim was found lying by the roadside and then airlifted to Millmerran Hospital.

He was administered anti-venom and is expected to survive. The snake responsible for the unexpected bite is believed to have been an eastern brown or a death adder, officials said.

The dog was not injured during the encounter. Local government says Queensland is home to roughly 120 snake species, with about 65 percent of them being considered venomous. In Australia, snakes are protected under a conservation act, and it is an offense to kill them.

According to Queensland Health, a bite from an eastern brown snake can be fatal. "[They] are dangerously venomous and have been responsible for many human deaths. Their bite causes severe thinning of the blood, and has been described as causing cardiac arrest," it says.

The death adder has venom that can cause "paralysis and subsequent death." Symptoms are "double or blurred vision, slurred speech, drooling and difficulty swallowing."

For both snakes, officials advise: "Apply a pressure immobilization bandage and splint to reduce venom absorption. This may be lifesaving and should be done immediately after any snake bite, and before symptoms develop. In the event of a cardiac arrest commence CPR."

Applying a tourniquet after a snake bite is not advised, experts stress. Instead, victims are urged to apply a bandage close to the area of the bite without blocking circulation.

"Bandage down the limb and continue back up the entire limb over and above the bite area. This will help prevent the spread of the venom through the body. Do not remove the bandage," the government says. Victims should not wash the wound as it helps with identification.

In October, a 68-year-old Australia man died after being bitten by a brown snake while camping with a friend. The same month, a veteran snake catcher who was bitten by a tiger snake called his loved ones to say goodbye after believing he was close to death, The Courier reported.

Eastern brown snake
A deadly Australian eastern brown snake -- which has enough venom to kill 20 adults with a single bite -- is photographed in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills on September 25, 2012. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty