Bites from non-venomous snakes would be like any puncture wound, said emergency physician, Dr Charles Johnson, 46.

"The problem with puncture wounds is that it is difficult to get it completely clean," he said.

Puncture wounds do not bleed a lot, unlike knife wounds, but they can be more prone to infection.

Dr Johnson said: "It is difficult to clean up, and snake saliva may contain bacteria."

It would be advisable to get a tetanus vaccination, he said.

"Tetanus is a bacteria commonly found in soil, so if the patient has had no vaccination in the past five to 10 years, they should get one," he said.