A “huge” poisonous snake was found in a child’s toy basket filled with dolls in Australia.
Stuart McKenzie, with Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, posted a video of the potentially dangerous find on Facebook.
The incident took place at a house in Maroochydore, a coastal town in the state of Queensland, in eastern Australia.
“When I got there and saw this situation, it made me shiver,” McKenzie wrote in the Facebook post.
“The two young girls and their mother were playing in the girls’ room and went to get some toys from the toy basket when they found a big black red-bellied snake hiding there. Wow!”
The red-bellied black snakes, known scientifically as Pseudechis porphyriacus, are found in the eastern part of Australia.
While the red belly bite can cause severe discomfort and may even require medical attention, the species is less poisonous than many other poisonous snakes in the country, according to Australian Geographic.
There is a perception that snakes are a danger to humans, but red bellies tend to be shy and will generally only produce a serious bite if they are severely assaulted, according to the Australian Museum.
Despite this, red bellies are responsible for a number of bites each year, in part because they are among the most common snakes found in the easternmost parts of Australia. In fact, they are often found in urban areas.
The venom can cause bleeding and / or swelling at the bite site, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sweating, muscle pain, and weakness, among other symptoms. .
But many people with a red stomach bite only have mild or negligible symptoms, although a small number require hospitalization. Children and pets are at greater risk of bites due to their small size.
There have been no confirmed human deaths resulting from the bite of a red stomach in Australia, according to a fact sheet provided by the state of Victoria.
McKenzie described the snake found in Maroochydore’s house as “stunning” and “magnificent” in the video, as well as huge. The average adult size for this species is around 5 to 6.5 feet.
“Oh my God, look at the size of this one. It’s crazy,” he said. “It’s so lucky that no one was bitten. But it just shows how shy red bellies can be. Obviously all this snake wanted to do was hide under all the toys – it was a nice little place to hide. And he did it that didn’t mean anything to anyone. Unless of course they accidentally grabbed him, it could have been another story. “
The snake catcher eventually released the red belly in question into the Australian bush, away from home, commenting that it was a very healthy individual.
“It was so lucky that one of them didn’t get their hands on the snake,” McKenzie wrote on Facebook. “As you can see the red belly was so relaxed and a snake so well behaved. I still can’t believe this happened! There was a lot of work nearby and I’m sure the belly red was just looking for a safe place to take cover and hide.