Watch Video: Shane Warne bitten on head by anaconda
Sydney: Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne suffered a snake bite on his head after he dipped his head into a box full of the reptiles on a reality show that he is participating in.
After bravely facing boxes filled with African clawed frogs, scorpions, Madagascan hissing cockroaches and rats, Shane was presented with a box of snakes in an episode of "I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!" on Wednesday -- and got a nasty snake bite on the head for his trouble.
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While the snakes used are not venomous, they are more than capable of delivering a nasty bite -- and Warne is absolutely terrified of the creatures.
A promo clip for the Network Ten show "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!" shows the 46-year-old former leg-spinner being nipped on his head by an anaconda.
"Host Dr Chris Brown warns the legendary spinner that with the scent of rat on his skin, the snakes could easily think he is their next meal. As Shane -- who once cried because his daughter would not let him watch the Vince Vaughn comedy Dodgeball -- lowers his head into the box, an aggressive anaconda strikes," according to a report on news.com.au.
"The juvenile anaconda is the one that actually struck Shane," a Network Ten spokesperson told the news.com.au website. "It's non-venomous but very aggressive.
"Anacondas have 100 rear-facing teeth. Being bitten by one is like getting 100 hypodermic needles at once."
“Shane has made no secret that snakes are one of his greatest fears so it’s amazing that after being bitten he bravely continued with the trial. When Shane puts his mind to a task, he won’t let anything stop him,” executive producer of the show Stephen Tate was quoted as saying by Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.
The medics treated the bitten area with antiseptic and will monitor Warne for any signs of infection.
With a medic present at every trial, Warne received treatment as soon as the trial ended - and while he’s been left with some small marks, there will be no permanent scarring.
Warne, who took 708 test wickets and scored more than 3000 runs, is considered one of the best spin bowlers of all time.