Something really snaky’s going on at the Carcoar show

Slippery figure: Renown herpetologist Nathan Burns will be holding snake shows at the Carcoar Show on October 27.

Slippery figure: Renown herpetologist Nathan Burns will be holding snake shows at the Carcoar Show on October 27.

It may well be an uncomfortable subject for some to discuss, but at this year’s Carcoar show on October 27, veteran herpetologist Neville Burns will be dispelling many of the myths related to Australian snakes.

Specialising in the snakes of the Blue Mountains, the Lawson based reptile expert will be holding four separate shows during the best little show in the country.

The 68-year-old has had a number of close encounters with venomous snakes and even lost a finger to a red bellied black snake "from the venom of a bite a number of years ago".

Unfortunately for Mr Burns he is allergic to the horse serum that the antivenom is based on - something he only discovered at 19 when he was bitten by the deadly eastern brown snake.

"People do think I'm crazy. I was out catching snakes at eight - brown snakes. I don't recommend that to anyone."

"I've only ever had the antivenom once, when my heart stopped three times.

“I was on life support for seven days but I only gave snake handling up for 12 weeks."