A brave NSW man has recalled his near-death experience with an angry snake that bit his wrist open and sliced his artery in two.
Wildlife conservationist Kane Durrant, 32, has come up close and personal with all types of snakes in his career but has never experienced a bite as severe as this one.
WATCH the moment the snake latched on in the video above
The dad-of-three was working in northern New South Wales when he was attacked by a coastal carpet python that sliced two inch-deep (2.5cm) bites into his wrist and severed his artery.
After arriving at the emergency department with the horrific injury, Kane underwent emergency surgery to save his life.
The snake biting down on Kane’s wrist. Credit: Kane Durrant / CATERS NEWS
Kane said: “The snake was holding up traffic on the job site I was at, so I gently picked it up to help move it safely across the road.
“I was just about to release it when it bit me on the wrist. At first it didn’t really phase me that much, I get bitten from time to time.
‘I saw my artery poking out’
“But then when it twisted, I actually thought its teeth were snapping off in my arm and I was like ‘oh no, that’s not good’.
“Its teeth felt like two knives running around my wrist causing two gashes.
“Then when I grabbed it behind the head and it let go, I saw my arm and the state it was in. I could see the artery sticking out.
Kane, a wildlife conservationist, holds a turtle. Credit: Kane Durrant / CATERS NEWS
“When I saw my artery poking out my arm, I thought it was a vein but was told the next day when I woke from the surgery that the artery had been severed 100 per cent and was in two pieces.
“The doctors said it was the worst snake bite they had ever seen and were pretty shocked at the whole thing.”
This week Kane shared the shocking video of the bloody event – which occurred back in September 2021 – on his YouTube channel, where it quickly went viral, racking up nearly 15,000 views in a matter of days.
Originally from Sydney, Kane has always had a fascination with snakes and has been catching them professionally for nearly four years.
Kane in the ambulance following the bite. Credit: Kane Durrant / CATERS NEWS
He said: “I had an intense fascination with snakes. I’ve always been drawn to them or anything creepy crawly like that.
“I was given a blue-tongued lizard by my grandfather when I was four-years-old, and my interest evolved from there.
“Generally, we rescue a few snakes a day and anywhere from 10-20 a week.
“Coastal pythons can be a little bit snappy but they’re never really aggressive just defensive.
“If I hadn’t touched that snake at all then I wouldn’t have been bitten.
‘I tend not to freak out’
“Obviously in my line of work I must pick them up and move them along, but that one was particularly tenacious.”
Brave Kane seemed unphased by the deep gashes, wanting to leave the hospital as soon as possible and even denying strong painkillers.
He said: “I tend not to freak out or stress out or panic as it causes more trouble
“I was in hospital just overnight I was out at about 10.00am the next morning.
“They were trying to convince me to take pain killers but off I went.
“I wanted to go home that night, but they said that I should just stay in for observation overnight due to the nature of the surgery and injuries.”