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Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite

Be wary. Brown snakes come in different shades and don’t always even look brown, warn snake handlers. AAP Image/North Queensland Wildlife Care, Trish Prendergast

A man has died in NSW’s New England region as the result of a suspected brown snake bite.

The 24-year-old was rushed to hospital but died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in a backyard at West Tamworth on Wednesday night, according to Fairfax Media.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner, a spokeswoman for NSW Police told AAP on Friday.

It’s believed the man was bitten by the snake as he tried to move it away from a family pet.

Brown snake venom is among the most potent in the world and the reptile is responsible for more than 60 per cent of snake-bite deaths in Australia, according to the University of Melbourne.


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