A hockey player has died after being bitten by a king brown snake at hockey fields in the Northern Territory.
Karl Berry, 26, was at Marrara Hockey Centre in Darwin on Tuesday evening when he picked up a snake, thinking it was a python, and threw it into bushes.
The snake bit him on the hand, but he did not seek medical help because he thought the snake was harmless.
He then went for a two-kilometre run which ambulance officers said was one of the worst things he could have done as it pumped the venom through his system and collapsed when he returned.