Australian Field Hockey Player Dies From Snakebite During Practice (Yikes)
One reason I have never visited Australia is that almost every animal and insect there can kill you. (Also I have visa issues). For instance, did you know that Australia is home to 20 of the world's top 25 most venomous snakes? All of the sports teams over there are named for deadly spiders, scorpions or reptiles, and if they don't get you, the climate will.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Commerce-Pints Hockey Club A-grade team on Thursday when captain Karl Berry, 26, died after he was bitten by a snake during practice. Berry was working out with the team at Marrara Stadium when he spotted what he thought was a small python, according to NT News. Pythons are not venomous. Berry picked up the snake and tossed it into the bushes, not realizing he had been bitten.
It turned out, however, to be a western brown snake, which is venomous. Berry then went on a training run and collapsed.
For 10 to 15 minutes we tried to figure out what he had been doing and he mentioned he had removed a snake and put it into bushes," Mr Garraway told the NT News.
"I think he thought it was a python."
But he said when paramedics looked at the bite mark, it was more consistent with a bite from a venomous species.
Berry, 26, picked up the snake so he could remove it from the hockey complex because children were training nearby.
Field hockey for men is big in Australia, and indeed much the of the world outside of the U.S., where it is confined mostly to women's high school and college competition.
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