RACQ CQ Rescue has warned snakes and other dangerous critters present an increased risk in cyclone clean up. Pictured is an Eastern brown snake.
RACQ CQ Rescue has warned snakes and other dangerous critters present an increased risk in cyclone clean up. Pictured is an Eastern brown snake. Max Fleet BUN160813SNK2

Snake hiding in cupboard strikes girl in post-Debbie cleanup

A GIRL and an older woman have been airlifted to hospital after being bitten by unidentified snakes in their homes within hours of each other.

The 12-year-old girl was reaching into a cupboard for a towel when the snake struck her hand, RACQ CQ Rescue pilot Greg Webb said.

A rescue service spokeswoman said Cyclone Debbie had still been delivering surprises in the Whitsundays - "this time of a more slithery kind".

The rescue service urged residents to be careful as they clean up homes and yards after the two people were airlifted following the snake bites on Saturday.

The girl, who lives in Proserpine, was taken to Proserpine Hospital by her mother and the rescue service landed just after 10pm to transfer them both to Mackay Base Hospital for the girl's monitoring and treatment.

Just hours earlier, RACQ CQ Rescue collected another patient from Silver Creek who had also been bitten by a snake.

 

RACQ CQ Rescue landing at Mackay Base Hospital. The rescue service airlifted two snake bite victims to the hospital on Saturday.
RACQ CQ Rescue landing at Mackay Base Hospital. The rescue service airlifted two snake bite victims to the hospital on Saturday. RACQ CQ Rescue

She was taken to Mackay Base Hospital about 6pm to be treated.

As the clean-up continues across the Whitsundays after Cyclone Debbie made landfall on March 28 near Airlie Beach, Mr Webb urged residents to be wary of vermin that may have taken up residence in damaged sheds and houses.

"The increased risk of snakes, rats and spiders is very common after flooding so residents should be extra vigilant when cleaning up their homes and removing debris and green waste from their yards," he said.

"Snakes are definitely among the wildlife being found in all sort of places after they've been washed out into the open after the cyclone, so be on the lookout as they can turn up in some very unlikely places and give you a very nasty surprise."

RACQ CQ Rescue completed three tasks across the region on Saturday in total, also transferring a woman with a severe medical condition from Collinsville to hospital in Mackay early in the day.

Mackay Base Hospital said the girl and the woman were both in a stable condition on Sunday afternoon.


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