Deadly snakes hatch in toddler's closet

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

Snake experts say a three-year-old Australian boy could have easily been killed after the eggs he found and stashed in his bedroom closet hatched seven of the world's most venomous snakes.

Kyle Cumming found a clutch of eggs in his family's yard near the city of Townsville a few weeks ago and put them in a takeout food container in his closet, the Townsville Bulletin reported. His mother found the container Monday and realized it was full of eastern brown snakes, the second most deadly land snakes in the world.

"I was pretty shocked, particularly because I don't like snakes," the boy's mother Donna Sim told the newspaper.

Baby snakes are known to be just as venomous as adults.

"It was incredibly lucky the mother snake was not still around when Kyle collected the eggs," reptile expert Kieran Aland told the Bulletin.

Sims took the snakes to a wildlife sanctuary where officials released them back into the wild.


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