A coastal taipan pictured at Cairns Tropical Zoo
A coastal taipan pictured at Cairns Tropical Zoo News Corp

Taipan bite kills man after week in hospital

AN elderly man bitten by a taipan at his Cairns home has died after spending nearly a week in hospital.

David Pitt, 77, went into cardiac arrest after the highly venomous snake bit him on the foot at his Yorkeys Knob home last Tuesday night.

He was rushed to Cairns Hospital where he died on Monday.

The Cairns Post reports that Mr Pitt is being remembered as a selfless and "very pleasant fellow".

- Courier-Mail