Tasmanian News

Tiger snake strikes in Launceston

A snake handler believes Tasmania's helter-skelter weather is likely to lead to more interaction with humans as we head into breeding season.

After months of bone-dry conditions and then flooding last week in Launceston, a Tiger snake landed a man in intensive care after biting him at Riverside yesterday.

The victim was airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital overnight.

Ian Norton from Reptile Rescue Incorporated says the public should be alert, but not alarmed.

"Leading up to the rains we had a little while ago we had snakes coming into people's backyards, mainly for water," he said. 

"I'd like to have thought that had eased, but we probably should have had a bit more follow-up rains to really keep them in their place."