By Steve Dellar  |  02-27-2018   News
Photo credit: Snake Catchers Adelaide | Facebook

A mother from Adelaide was in horror when she saw a highly venomous snake crawling in her child's lunchbox. She immediately called reptile handler Rolly Burrell and told him it happened just as the woman packed school lunches for her kids.

Mr. Burrell told her over the phone to close the box and take it outside.

The reptile was identified as being an eastern brown, one of the world's most venomous snakes.

Mr. Burrell said: "She'd already started packing it, the lunchbox itself has a lip around the top — snakes like to get into closed spaces so they feel secure."

"When she opened up the lid … she didn't even see it and she was halfway through putting the lunch in and then she saw it and shut the lid down and gave us a call."

"We're doing about 50, 60 calls a day and they're all baby brown snakes."

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Most kids like a surprise in their school lunch boxes, but not like this one - an Adelaide hills family found a deadly baby brown snake. Details in 7 News at 4pm and 6pm. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) <a href="">February 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"This is one of the best years for us that I've seen in 40 years of doing it, there's just baby snakes hatching everywhere."

According to the experience snake catcher, the snake probably headed for the house’s pantry as it was "one of the darkest spots in the house."

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TONIGHT: Snake catchers warn about the proliferation of baby brown snakes as one is found in a lunchbox. <a href="">@ChelseaCarey_9</a> reports in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9NewsAt6</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) <a href="">February 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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This particular species is found along coastal and inland areas of mainland Australia.

Since 2000, it has killed 23 Australians.


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Anonymous No. 19471 1519729843

Brownies are everywhere down under.

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