Quick-thinking friends of a Melbourne cyclist, who was bitten by a snake when he came off his bike, wrapped their mate's wound in an inner tube from his mountain bike.
The man, aged in his 20s, is recovering in hospital after his two friends treated the wound by wrapping it in the tube, winning praise from ambulance paramedics.
Ambulance spokeswoman Liana Cross said the man was riding today with friends along the Yarra River at Viewbank, in Melbourne's north, when he came off his bike and landed on the snake, believed to be either a venomous brown snake or tiger snake.
"He was very lucky, his friends did an excellent job," Ms Cross said.
"It was textbook stuff, they did everything right."
The snake bit the man on the shin, which his friends wrapped in the bike tube and some clothing.
One friend waited with him while the other rode to an area with mobile phone reception to call an ambulance, Ms Cross said.
He was taken to the Austin Hospital.