An Australian man survived a deadly snake bite thanks to the stormtrooper outfit he wore during a charity walk.
Star Wars fan Scott Loxley dressed up as a desert stormtrooper and walked around Australia. The 47-year-old was attacked by a highly venomous king brown snake while near Yalboroo, Queensland but was saved by the suit armour.
Speaking to the BBC, he said the reptile tried to sink its teeth into his shin but was stopped the plastic of his costume.
Loxley said: "He lunged at me and bit me. But the good news is, the (stormtrooper) armour, he bit me in the shin and the armour actually protected me and stopped the bite.
"So all those people who rag on the old stormtroopers, 'you know, the armour doesn't do this, it doesn't do that'... it stopped the snake bite and probably saved my life today."
ABC Online reports that it was the first time he had been bitten by a snake on the journey. He usually catches taipans and western browns to eat.
The king brown snake is one of the longest venomous snakes in the world and the second longest in Australia. It grows up to 9.8ft and is also known as the mulga. The snake's venom consists of myotoxins and it normally only attacks humans when disturbed, although they have known to but people who are asleep.
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