Snake bites woman at Australian zoo

A green tree snake similar to the one that the victim accidentally stood on. The snake is not venomous.
A green tree snake similar to the one that the victim accidentally stood on. The snake is not venomous.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/AUSTRALIA ZOO

SYDNEY • A young woman was bitten by a wild green snake at an Australian zoo, paramedics said yesterday, a year after a keeper was attacked by a tiger at the same popular tourist attraction.

The woman, in her mid-20s, was treated by paramedics at Australia Zoo, which was founded by the family of the late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin. She was taken to hospital where she was in a stable condition, a spokesman for Queensland Ambulance Service said.

"This afternoon, a guest accidentally stood on a wild snake in our Wetlands area," Australia Zoo, on Queensland state's Sunshine Coast, said in a Facebook post.

"The snake was identified as a green tree snake... a common occurrence in the wetlands, as it is the perfect environment for their favourite food, frogs."

The zoo added that the reptile was not venomous and it was the first time a guest had been bitten by a snake there.

"Happy to report guest and snake are both just fine," Mr Irwin's wife, Terri, said on Twitter.

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Happy to report guest and snake are both just fine.

'' MS TERRI IRWIN, wife of the late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin.

The green tree snake is found in coastal and sub-coastal regions in northern and eastern Australia. It is arboreal and grows to about 2m.

In January last year, an Australia Zoo keeper received wounds on his forehead and wrist as well as scratches to his body after being attacked by a male Sumatran tiger.

Despite Australia being home to 20 of the world's 25 most venomous snakes, deaths from bites are rare.

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