A four week old baby has been attacked and bitten by a python in Girraween but remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Craig Garraway, St John Ambulance Territory Duty manager, told the NT News that paramedics were called out to the rural Queensland early in the morning after that child was reported to have puncture marks.

“We got a call out sometime just after 12.30 last night for an incident at Girraween, reports of a snake bite to a four week old baby,” he said.

“We attended there and there was a baby with a number of puncture marks to the face, four or five puncture marks.”

Mr Garraway said while safety is a priority, the snake was confirmed to be non-venomous.

“There was a snake there which was involved, a brown snake, a photo was taken and sent to a snake catcher who identified it as being a python,” he said.

“The bub and parents were taken to hospital for observation and treatment.”


Mr Garraway went on to say that residents need to be cautious of snakes at this time of year, especially with the hotter temperatures and more rainfall.

“We’ve had a number of snake bites in the past few weeks, this is the third or fourth that I can recall,” he said.

“Obviously snakes are on the move, it’s that time of the year where it’s hot and the more rain we get, the more on the move these snakes are going to be.”