You are walking around the backyard with your 3-year old toddler when you guys across several snake eggs. What do you do?
Collect them for your toddler to keep inside his room?
Run for your life?
Explain the danger of certain snakes to your toddler?
Me, I would be running for my life, of course with my kids dragging them along. The word snake sends chills up my back – so reading this story about how a toddler collected Eastern brown snake eggs (which, oh turned out to be one of the world’s most deadliest species). Then the mom gave him a container to put them in. Then the snake eggs HATCHED.
Kyle’s mother Donna Sim told News Limited she did not think any more of the eggs until she found the container full of hatchlings.
What does a snake expert say about this situation?
Eastern brown snakes are second only to the inland taipan as the most venomous snakes on Earth, and are responsible for most lethal snake bites in Australia.
Queensland Museum information officer and snake expert Steve Wilson said despite the age of the snakes, if Kyle had been bitten the result could have been deadly.
“Any venomous snake, as soon as it hatches, has all the apparatus to deliver venom because the first thing they have to do is catch and kill prey – it’s a perfect replica of an adult snake,” he said.
“Brown snakes are highly venomous and a baby brown could potentially kill or at least seriously harm a human being – adult or child.
“If he had played around with them, which a little boy would, there’s a chance they would have bitten him and there’s a real chance that he may have been very seriously harmed or killed by them.”
What does Molly say about this situation?
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! SNAKES! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES PEOPLE!
Crazy, I tell you. And yes, I totally know that I will be rubbing my fear off on my toddlers.
When I was a little girl, a Science teacher would bring around a boa constrictor to the library and schools for educational lessons. I grew up remembering watching as this snake slithered across the floor in a circle type fashion while the kids were able to touch it. Everyone was so excited. Me, I was PETRIFIED. Come to find out, the animal was no longer allowed with kids after a episode where the snake decided to get a little too friendly with a child and didn’t want to let go (child was unharmed – BUT STILL!). *sigh* Me + Snakes = NO BUENO Me + Snakes + My Kids = NEVER EVER EVER.
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