Venomous snake bite turned man's hand purple

"My hand felt like it was on fire and the two marks were dark purple"

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A father-of-two was horrified when he was bitten after discovering a whopping 15 snakes in his back garden.

The dad was confronted by his worst fear when he came across the reptiles - and was left with a lasting reminder.

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He also found dozens of eggs nestled in the overgrown grass of his new home at Kirkby on Bain near Woodhall Spa on Sunday, September 24.

The dad, who wants to remain anonymous, was clearing his back yard when he made the stomach-churning finds.

And the discovery left him with a stinging injury, reports Lincolnshire Live.

Two purple bite marks began to develop on his hand the following day and by the afternoon his hand 'felt like it was on fire'.

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After rushing to Boston Pilgrim Hospital, doctors said he may have fallen victim to a 'dry bite' meaning venom had pierced the skin, but the saliva had not been pumped into his body by the snake.

He said: "I didn't know I'd been bitten until the next day.

"My hand was really sore in the morning and during the day I had to take my watch off because of the swelling on my wrist.

"By lunchtime, my hand felt like it was on fire and the two marks were dark purple.

"I ended up calling the local doctors who told me to ring 111.

"They told me to go straight to A&E, who confirmed it was possibly a venomous snake bite."

The gardener said he did not see what snake had bitten him, though the believed presence of venom suggested he was nipped by an adder.

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One of the snakes found in the man's garden

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He was given antibiotics for the bite and has since made a full recovery from his run-in with the slippery serpent – but he admitted it has made him more cautious.

"My biggest fear is snakes – it is my phobia," he said.

He added: "It has made me more cautious and you do worry with the kids around.

"I'm hoping it is because the house we are in has been empty for a while – there probably won't be as many from now on.

"I used to have nightmares as a kid – it's probably down to Indiana Jones or some other film I watched."

It comes days after Lincolnshire Live reported that a pensioner was rushed to hospital suffering convulsions and vomiting after he was bitten by an adder snake in his back garden in Lincoln.

Ray Peters, 69, said he felt a pain as if he'd been stabbed in his hand as he reached behind a thorn bush for some gardening gravel.

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Ray Peters, 69, said he felt a pain as if he'd been stabbed in his hand

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He had been bitten on his right wrist and was left with a red circular mark with five small blisters and two puncture marks.

Mr Peters, a retired company managing director who lives near Hartsholme Park, Lincoln, was given antibiotics by his doctor the next day.

Others have reported seeing snakes swimming through their ponds on a regular basis.

A spokesman for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said it was 'unlikely' an adder was involved in the Lincoln incident, but said it may have been an escaped exotic pet.

She said: "Adders are very rare and we have no confirmed records of them in that area.

"In Lincolnshire, adders are restricted to heathland habitats, often in areas designated as nature reserves, around Market Rasen and Woodhall Spa.

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Ray suffered shivers, convulsions and vomiting when he was bitten

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"The large parkland at Hartsholme is the wrong type of habitat for adders and too busy with people and dogs. Adders are timid and wary of people.

"There are likely to be grass snakes in the area. Grass snakes readily use gardens and can be seen swimming in ponds (adders do not swim).

"When provoked or if all their exits are blocked, a grass snake will play dead by lying on its back motionless, with its mouth gaping and its tongue hanging out.

"The man obviously had a serious reaction to something and we wish him well in his recovery.

"Other possibilities could be an escaped pet snake or another animal.

"Although it doesn't appear to match the pattern of two puncture wounds, many animals will bite if cornered and trapped."

How to identify an adder and grass snake

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Adders have dark zig zag patterns on their backs

Adders have dark zig-zag patterns down their backs, the males have a grey-ish background colour, females are coppery-brown.

Grass snakes have a yellow collar just behind the head and the horizontal black bars on the sides of the body which is olive green in colour.

It is also worth noting that snakes are protected by law (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981) in Great Britain. It is illegal to deliberately kill, injure or sell snakes.

What to do if you're bitten by a snake?

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A grass snake - which have a yellow collar just behind the head

The NHS Choices website gives advice on what to do if you are bitten by a snake.

It states: "A snake will sometimes bite in self-defence if disturbed or provoked.

"Most snake bites occur when someone accidentally steps on a snake while walking in the countryside.

"Some snakes are venomous and can inject venom containing toxins as they bite. A bite from a venomous snake is a medical emergency because it can be deadly if not treated quickly.

"In the UK, adders are the only venomous snakes found in the wild.

"People also keep foreign (exotic) venomous snakes, sometimes illegally.

"Exotic snakes have been known to bite while being handled carelessly, or when they escape from their cages."

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