Papua New Guinea’s Snake Man – 101 East

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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.

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