Alarming Number Of Brown Snake Eggs Found In School Sandpit
Potential crisis averted...
While playing in a school sandpit, a child made a frightening discovery. A number of brown snake eggs, nestled in the sand.
After a wide-scale operation, the sand pit was found to have seven nests and 43 eggs that could have hatched within weeks of the discovery on December 20.
Wildlife volunteers spent three days digging through the sandpit in Laurieton, on the NSW mid-north coast.
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Brown snakes are known to be venomous and can cause injury even as hatchlings.
“Even when they are newly-hatched, brown snakes can still be very dangerous to humans,” Yvette Attleir, a Fawna Wildlife Rescue volunteer, told News.com.au.
“The venom is not quite as potent as it would be in an adult snake, but if a child was bitten then they would have to go straight to hospital.”
Only 12 eggs were found in the initial search, however after more eggs were discovered later in the afternoon, the full-scale search was commissioned.
It is thought that the eggs were laid by a single brown snake who most likely entered the sandpit shortly after construction, when the sand would be loose and fresh.
The eggs were removed and placed safely at an undisclosed location.