Stormtrooper costume saves man from deadly snake

Stormtrooper costume saves man from deadly snake
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Stormtrooper suits might not be able to withstand the force, but there is one thing the armor guards against pretty well - venomous snakes.

Scott Loxley was traveling 9,000 miles across Australia dressed as a Stormtrooper to raise money for a children's hospital. Along the way he came across a King Brown snake. Thinking it was dead, he walked right by it. But then this happened:

"Turns out it wasn't dead...And he lunged at me and bit me in the shin," Loxley explained. "I could feel the teeth on the plastic, scraping, but the armor actually stopped something."

Then he took some time to defend George Lucas' iconic characters...

"So all those people that rag on the old stormtroopers, you know, 'the armor doesn't do this, it doesn't do that', it stopped a snake bite and probably saved my life today."

The Australian Geographic lists the King Brown snake as the sixth most dangerous in the country with the "largest-record venom output of any in the world." Fortunately, it's no match for plastic.

The 47-year-old has raised more than $40,000 of his $100,000 goal for the Monash Children's Hospital.

You can visit NewMonashChildren' to learn more.