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article imageToddler's egg collection in wardrobe hatches into deadly snakes

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 21, 2012 in Environment
A three-year-old boy recently did what many young kids like to do, make a collection. His collection of choice was eggs. However, what he and his mother did not realize was that these eggs would hatch into one of the world's most deadliest snakes.
Three-year-old Kyle Cumming was in the family's garden and had created an egg collection. Reportedly with the help of his mother, Kyle brought the eggs into the family's Queensland house. According to Sky News, Donna Sim, the boy's mother, gave young Kyle a plastic container to store his eggs in and the toddler brought it inside.
The box was placed in the boy's wardrobe and three weeks later the eggs inside hatched. His mother was stunned to find seven baby snakes inside the box. Reportedly, Kyle had opened the box, but fortunately had put the lid back on and the snakes hadn't yet grown large enough to push their way out.
"I was pretty shocked, particularly because I don't like snakes," Sim told the Townsville Bulletin newspaper (via Sky News).
Sim called wildlife experts who identified the snakes to be eastern brown snakes, one of the world's deadliest species. According to Britannica Online these fast moving snakes grow to be 7 feet (2 meters) long and are primarily located in Australia, and are considered to be "quite dangerous to humans" due to their poisonous venom.
The snakes are to be given to the Billabong Sanctuary and then later released back into the wild. Experts say the toddler is a very lucky boy.
"Leave nature alone. This little boy was extremely lucky he didn't get bitten," North Queensland Wildlife Care reptile co-ordinator Trish Prendergast told AAP on Thursday (via Yahoo! News). Prendergast also noted it is illegal to "interfere with protected wildlife", but also said the family would not face charges in this instance.
"I don't know if she realized they were snake eggs or not," Prendergast told the media. "She thought maybe it was a nice thing to do, to get the eggs and watch them hatch."
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