This is not a “hisssterical” incident.
In Australia, a “huge” venomous snake was recently found inside a child’s toy basket, according to Newsweek.
On Facebook, the terrifying incident was posted by Stuart McKenzie, with Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7. The snake was found at their home in Maroochydore, a town in Queensland, eastern Australia.
“When I arrived and saw this situation it actually sent a shiver down my spine,” McKenzie wrote in the Facebook post.
“The two young daughters and their mom were playing in the girls room and went to take a few toys out of the toy basket when they uncovered a large fat red-bellied black snake hiding in there. Wow!”
Red-bellied black snakes are known scientifically as Pseudechis porphyriacus. These species can be found across the eastern portion of Australia.
While the bite of red-belly can require medical attention, the species is less venomous than many other snakes in the country.
McKenzie said the species was “stunning” and “gorgeous” in the video when seeing the snake. He described the snake as massive.
“Oh my goodness, look at the size of it. That is insane,” he said. “It’s so lucky that nobody was bitten. But just shows how shy red-bellies can be. Obviously, all this snake was wanting to do was hide underneath all the toys—it was a nice little spot for him to hide. And he didn’t mean anybody any harm. Unless of course they accidentally grabbed him, that might have been a different story.”
The snake catcher eventually released the red-belly in question back into the Australian wild.
“It was so lucky that one of them didn’t put their hand on the snake,” McKenzie wrote on Facebook. “As you can see the red-belly was so chilled out and such a well behaved snake. I still cant believe this happened! There was a lot of construction going on nearby and I am sure the red-belly was simply looking for a safe place to shelter and hide.”