Mother Finds 7 Deadly Vipers in Her 3-Year-Old Son's Wardrobe

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For an Australian woman and her 3-year-old son, seven was an unlucky number. According to the Daily Mail U.K., Donna Sim discovered seven deadly Eastern brown snakes living in her son's wardrobe.



Sim was bewildered by how the reptiles got there, until she remembered the snake eggs her son, Kyle Cumming, found several weeks earlier. Kyle stored the eggs in a container after finding them, and apparently he tucked it away in his dresser.

Wildlife experts say that it is good that Sim found the snakes before they grew too large. Eastern brown snakes are the world's second deadliest species. After a few more days, the snakes would have been able to break out and potentially deliver a fatal bite.

Sim was the one to give Kyle the container to keep the eggs, but didn't think of the incident again until she found the snakes. According to TODAY Australia, after the dangerous discovery, Sim and her son carefully took the snakes to a sanctuary to be 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 co-ordinator Trish Prendergast told the Townsville Bulletin. "Otherwise, he may not be with us today."

While encountering a poisonous snake may seem unlikely to some, venomous snakes are found in the wild throughout the world. To protect you and your children, it is important to leave any snake you find alone and to stay on hiking paths and out of tall grass. Always be cautious when climbing and picking up firewood. If someone is bitten, wash the bite with soap, immobilize the bitten area and keep the wound lower than the heart. Get medical help immediately for further assistance. Do not use ice, tourniquets, electric shock or incisions to treat the wound. All of these methods could worsen the situation.


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flamealchroy

Oh wow, that would be one heck of a surprise.

I'm glad neither the boy or his mom were hurt. It's also nice they took the snakes to be released out in the wild again.

Still, I'm trying to imagine where the mother found it to be a good idea to let her son keep these eggs. Even if she didn't know what they were, surely she would have known something was going to come out of it?

December 24 2012 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jo28ker

These snakes are not "vipers."

December 24 2012 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steven

VERY STUPID SHOULD HAVE LEFT THEM WHERE THEY WERE THE ONLY GOOD SNAKE IS A DEAD 1 THERE NOT PETS !

December 24 2012 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TireNet, Inc.

For me the only good snake is a dead snake!

December 21 2012 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbjg24m

i hate damn snakes, can't stand them

December 21 2012 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kimberly Albertson

No matter whether you know what kind of eggs or not how could you just forget about them. Those eggs could have been anything , not to mention snakes . Geeze ! At least she does the laundry . I could only imagine if they were hidden in a place you would never be able to find until it was too late. The simple fact that she allowed and forgot her young son brought eggs that would at the very least SMELL but could hatch and not knowing what they are ? As far as I am concerned is lack of good parenting.

December 21 2012 at 6:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
valgaavmiko

But as far as the story is concerned, please don't pick up random animals or eggs and bring them in the house if you don't know what they are or how to take care of them. Those snakes could have died from inhospitable conditions while incubating. I'm the glad the little boy is okay, and I commend them for taking them to a sanctuary to be released, but I hope she learned her lesson.

December 20 2012 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
valgaavmiko

"While encountering a poisonous snake may seem unlikely to some, venomous snakes are found in the wild throughout the world."

Poisonous and venomous are not interchangeable. Use a dictionary if you're going to write for a living.

December 20 2012 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aritul

I don't know how the mother didn't have a mini heart attack when she saw those creatures.

December 20 2012 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome King

Bad situation turned good.

December 20 2012 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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