I'm A Celebrity's Declan Donnelly 'metres away' from venomous snake
I’m A Celebrity presenter Declan Donnelly ‘metres away’ from venomous snake that can cause paralysis with one bite – days away from start of new series
I’m A Celebrity’s Declan Donnelly was just ‘metres away’ from a nasty bite from a venomous snake as he enjoyed a beach day with family.
The presenter – half of famous duo Ant and Dec – has touched down in Australia ready to begin filming for the latest series of the jungle reality show, which kicks off again on November 19.
But as Dec spent time at his favourite spot Cabarita Beach with his children Jack and Isla, he was much closer to danger than he thought.
In an incident scarily reminiscent of an I’m A Celebrity trial, Dec managed to narrowly avoid some dangerous reptiles during his visit.
Large signs were seen on the beach, reading: ‘WARNING: Large brown snake seen crossing here.’
Close shave: I’m A Celebrity ‘s Declan Donnelly was just ‘metres away’ from a nasty bite from a venomous snake as he enjoyed a beach day with family
Scary: The Eastern Brown Snake is one of Australia’s most venomous snakes, according to Australia Geographic (file photo)
Even one sighting can put a community on high alert during to the danger of the snakes, also known as Pseudonaja Textilis.
The Eastern Brown Snake is one of Australia’s most venomous snakes, according to Australia Geographic.
Some can reach up to two metres in length and even one bite can cause paralysis.
In addition, the snakes cause between one and two deaths each year – although anti-venom medicine is very advanced.
Medical attention should be sought immediately after coming into contact with the venom as a severe headache can develop within 15 minutes.
Its brown colour means it can often slope around undetected.
The snake makes its home throughout eastern Australia from northern Queensland to South Australia – but not Tasmania.
Not long to go! As the show starts to creep closer, Ant, 47, revealed how excited he is to be reunited with his righthand man Declan Donnelly, 48
Touch down: Dec has also been spotted out and about in Australia with his wife Ali Astall as he prepares for the new series
It comes after Ant McPartlin teased the new series of I’m A Celeb has an ‘incredible’ cast, as he touched down in Australia on Saturday.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ant said: ‘I can’t wait for the show to begin, it’s an incredible cast. It’ll be nice to be reunited with Dec and it’ll be nice to see him.
‘It will be nice to be reunited with him, he’s had a family holiday. It will be nice to see his tan lines. We will run towards each on the beach in open arms.
‘I thought last year’s series was great and with this year’s series, the cast is shaping up to me really strong. Very strong.’
The mystery celebrity campmates have also begun to land Down Under ahead of the 2023 series launch date of Sunday, November 19 – with Nigel Farage seemingly the first to confirm his entry into the jungle.
Controversial: One of the most controversial rumoured signings is former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who is said to have agreed to take part after previously it turning down several times (pictured in March)
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