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Man in 60s bitten by Eastern Brown

A 63 year old man, stuck on the foot by a snake has been airlifted to hospital by RACQ CareFlight Rescue's Sunshine Coast crew.

The man was riding a quad bike on his property near Toogoolawah when he rode over the snake's tail.  The snake curled up and bit him on his foot, he wasn't wearing shoes at the time.

"The man said he's pretty familiar with snakes and was fairly confident about identifying it as an Eastern Brown, which is one of the more aggressive breeds and also one of the deadliest," said RACQ CareFlight Air Crewman Scott Reeman.

"We went via Nambour Hospital to get some antivenene.  Not every hospital carries it and it's only given if absolutely needed," he said.

The patient meanwhile was taken by road ambulance to Esk Hospital.  His leg was splinted and a pressure immobilisation bandage applied.

The man wasn't showing signs of envenomation and was airlifted to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition.

"He'll continue to be monitored at the hospital," Mr Reeman said.