Snake Slides Into Queensland Schoolgirl's Backpack
A Queensland schoolgirl received a shock when she reached into her backpack to find a red-bellied black snake sliding across her hand.
The student from Augusta State School quickly alerted her teacher on Tuesday, who zipped up the backpack's front pocket before a snake catcher took the venomous reptile away.
"I'm sure she would have had a shock," Snake Catchers Brisbane employee Lana Field said.
"Nobody has died from a red-bellied black snake bite in Australia, but their venom can lead to serious sickness."
"Red-bellied black snakes love hiding in dark holes," she said.
She explained the school, just on Brisbane's south-western fringes, has a creek and a rock wall creating a habitat that attracted snakes.
"We talk to the kids often so they know exactly what to do," she said.