Man survives inland taipan bite

Lucky: Ballarat man Ricky Harvey has survived the deadliest snake bite known to mankind. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Lucky: Ballarat man Ricky Harvey has survived the deadliest snake bite known to mankind. Picture: Lachlan Bence

A Ballarat man has survived a bite from the world’s most venomous snake.

Not many know of or have been bitten by Australia’s native inland taipan, but Ricky Harvey is one of the lucky few to successfully fight off the venom that is potent enough to kill 100 humans with just one drop.

The avid snake collector was bitten on the thumb by his pet on Saturday as he was lowering the snake into a bag, with only calm, quick thinking preventing tragedy.

Mr Harvey remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Ballarat Base Hospital, but is steadily returning to full health as the effects of the venom wear off.

When asked if he panicked when bitten, Mr Harvey smiled assuredly.

“Not too much, I was pretty quiet and calm,” he said.

“They (his family) were nervous. I was calm, but they were nervous.

“I’m actually in the process of selling my snakes and the bag (he was putting the snake into) wasn’t really opening up properly and I went to put it in and there were too many people in the room and it just swung around and got me.

Mr Harvey was quick to praise hospital staff, saying they had given him tremendous support through a testing time.

”They’ve been great, they’ve been really good and supportive,” he said.

“I work at Sovereign Hill and my workmates were a bit nervous too. They gave me a get well card, which was nice.”