Week of the snake bites: victim No.8 Brown Snake GEORGINA ROBINSON March 9, 2010 - 4:49PM A woman was bitten by a snake in the Blue Mountains this afternoon, the second attack today and the eighth in six days. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the woman, believed to in her 40s, was bitten on the foot on Hawkesbury Road at Winmalee just before 3pm. She was taken to Nepean Hospital in a serious but stable condition, with "extreme pain" in her foot, the spokeswoman said. It is not known what type of snake bit her. In the early hours today, a snake handler was bitten on the face twice by a deadly brown snake at his Aberdeen home in the upper Hunter region. Five people were bitten in a three-hour period in different parts of the state on Saturday. And a four-year-old boy spent two days in hospital after being bitten by a suspected red belly black snake at Badgerys Creek, in western Sydney last Thursday. The Ambulance Service said the jump in snake bites could reflect "the high incidence of wet, overcast but warm conditions" combined with a few dry days here and there. Australian Reptile Park general manager Mary Rayner said last month the park had recorded a "huge increase" in snake-identification requests on its website, as well as many phone calls. Week of the snake bites: victim No. 8 The armourer for my club ran over a brown snake the other week out at the range...he thought it was a stick, heh. Yeah they ARE a protected species, but I personally wouldn't have any compunction 'helping one on its way'...pretty volatile & irritable in the humid Summer, and are the 2nd most toxic land snake in the world.