According to the ABS in 2011, 147 000 people died in Australia. What were the causes?
Cancers: approx. 27000
Heart Disease: approx. 27000
Strokes: approx. 12000
Dementia and Alzheimer’s: approx. 10000
Suicide: approx. 2000
Accidental falls: approx. 1800
Diabetes: approx. 4000
Road deaths: 1277 (Aust), 287 (Vic)
Annual Snake bite deaths in Australia: 2-3
Instead of seeing news headlines like “Warning of high deadly snake numbers as woman dies from snakebite” shouldn’t we be reading “Warning of high deadly fries & hamburger numbers as woman dies from clogged arteries”! Why do we get so worked up about things like snake attacks, which hardly ever happen, and yet don’t think much about things that are a much greater danger to us?
To learn more about the realities of living in a snake rich country, follow Barry Goldsmith, a professional snake remover located in Mornington, on his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Snakecatchervictoria