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Little boy's treasure trove hatch into deadly vipers

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 20th, 2012
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A three-year-old Australian boy had a narrow escape after his mother found a box of seven deadly snakes in his wardrobe. Little Kyle Cumming had found the snake eggs in his garden in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. He was given a fast food container to put them in - where they later hatched in his home.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mother Donna Sim was shocked weeks later when she opened the bedroom wardrobe to discover the box full of recently hatched eastern brown snakes - the world's second deadliest breed of snake.

Wildlife experts say that Kyle was very fortunate as his mother discovered the eastern brown snake babies before he had the chance to take them out to play. The hatchling could have also grown up to the point where they could be strong enough to push open the lid for themselves

Sim said she had given Kyle the container when he found the eggs. She didn't think about the incident further until she found the snakes in her son's bedroom.

"I was pretty shocked, particularly because I don't like snakes," she told the newspaper reporters.

The family took the snakes to a local sanctuary where they were released back into the wild.

"He is extremely lucky that his mother found them before he opened up the container and played with them," North Queensland Wildlife Care reptile coordinator Trish Prendergast says.

"Otherwise he may not be with us today."

The eastern brown snake is widely considered the second most venomous snake in the world, behind the inland taipan.

The breed is quite common in Australia and is responsible for a majority of lethal snake bites recorded in the country.

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