Warning issued over ‘dangerous’ snake bites on North Wales sand dunes

Published date: 06 June 2016 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A WARNING has been issued to keep children and dogs out of sand dunes following the rise in “dangerous” snake bites in North Wales.

A doctor from Ysbyty Gwynedd’s emergency department said the hospital has seen more people being bitten by adders in the last few weeks than throughout the whole of last year.

Last Monday, 13-year-old Macey Roberts from Wrexham was rushed to hospital after being bitten on the ankle by an adder while walking along sand dunes near the beach in Pwllheli.

He was left with a swollen foot and leg and came away with a piece of the snakes fang still stuck in his foot.

Dr Linda Dykes, consultant at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s emergency department, said: “We’ve seen several cases of people being bitten by adders in the last few weeks, it’s already more than we saw throughout the whole of 2015. It’s usually the case that kids accidentally stand on them or people try to pick them up.

“Adders will never attack, but they will defend themselves.

“They’re very quick, I don’t think people realise how fast they are, and their bites can be very unpleasant and dangerous.

“My advice would be to keep children and dogs out of sand dunes, stay away from high-risk areas and don’t touch them.”

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