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    Five venomous snakes to avoid on holiday to Australia

    Even the greatest adventures can be utterly ruined by suffering accidents and injuries while travelling. From exotic illnesses to painful accidents, dangers and pitfalls lie around every corner.

    There are few places where the importance of safety an awareness of your surroundings is as pertinent as in Australia. A country of vibrant life and outstanding natural beauty, it is also home to a number of creatures that can cause serious injuries on holidays. Venomous snakes for example.

    How can I avoid accidents on holiday in Australia?

    Everyone has heard the horror stories regarding sharks and other creatures of the deep, but it’s also on land where it pays to be vigilant. The following venomous snakes, in particular, need to be given a wide berth.

    1. Eastern brown: Statistics from Australian Geographic show that this notoriously bad tempered creature is the leader of the pack of browns that are responsible for more deaths in Australia each year then any other group of snakes.

    Swift and aggressive, Eastern browns are normally found in populated areas, particularly farmland and boast the second most toxic venom of any snake in the world.

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    2. Western brown: Hot on the heels of their Eastern cousins comes the Western brown. Though less aggressive and toxic, they deliver three times as much venom per bite.

    They tend to only lash out when cornered but, having done so, the bites are virtually painless and almost unnoticeable until the headaches and nausea kick in. Exactly the sort of travelling accident that can ruin a holiday.

    3. Tiger snake: Another predator that likes to stalk mice through populated areas, tiger snakes can grow up to two meters in length and their bites can be fatal if left untreated.

    4. Inland Taipan: An altogether rarer presence than the others on this list, this highly venomous breed lives a reclusive life in rocky habitats. When it strikes, however, it’s venom can kill an adult human within 45 minutes.

    5. Coastal Taipan: At 13mm, the fangs of these creatures are the longest of any Australian snake. The good news is they would always rather retreat than fight. If startled, however, they act with rapid ferocity with a venom that can kill inside half an hour.

    Compensation for an accident involving venomous snakes

    Accidents on holiday can be traumatic in both a physical and emotional sense. Travel accident compensation claims can help get you back on your feet following injuries suffered while travelling and gain you the travel accident compensation you deserve.

    So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: November 4, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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