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Published on Jul 29, 2015
It’s a fearsome creature cloaked in superstition.
The Papuan Taipan kills about 1000 people in Papua New Guinea each year – more than some infectious diseases in the country. If bitten, the only hope villagers have of survival is expensive anti-venom that’s rarely stocked in isolated clinics.
Their life saver is the “snake man” - Australian herpetologist and toxicologist, David Williams. His dangerous work wrangling the Taipan is paying off - Williams has developed a new cheaper anti-venom.
101 East ventures into dangerous territory with the Snake Man and meets the villagers he is hoping to save from the dreaded Taipan.