Man bites snake and puts it down to experience

IS this Orange’s luckiest man?

After seeing a brown snake in the front yard of a neighbour’s Glenroi house, Rodney Williams did the unthinkable and picked it up before biting its head off.

He then bit it on the stomach and tail.

Mr Williams, who admits he’d had a few drinks before the incident, said he considered it a “learning experience”.

“I bit its head off first so it couldn’t bite me,” he said.

“I’ll probably do it better next time.”

Mr Williams told the Central Western Daily (CWD) he’d seen other Koori people kill snakes in a similar way and had always wanted to try it himself.

“That’s how you kill a snake, you don’t use a shovel,” he said.

“I was born and bred in this street [Adina Crescent] and I’ve never seen a king brown here before but there’s a few red-bellied blacks around.”

The snake was found and killed in Leumeah Road adjacent to Adina Crescent.

Mr Williams said he would tell his four grandchildren what happened but hopes they won’t try it themselves.

Orange hospital confirmed a man was examined for a possible snake bite yesterday but he wasn’t admitted for treatment.

Hours after the encounter Mr Williams told the CWD he felt so well he discharged himself from hospital.

Greg Pringle, a former police officer, said the man was foolish and reckless

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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