An Australian schoolgirl had a shocking “guest” in her backpack

An Australian schoolgirl, student at Augusta State School in a suburb of Brisbane, found a red-bellied black snake in her backpack  when she tried to find the lunch, Tuesday. It was an unexpected situation but her teacher zipped up the backpack’s front pocket and called a professional snake catcher. It was found that the sub-adult snake was about 60 centimeters long.

Fortunately, the snake did nothing in contact with girl’s hand. “We do get calls about snakes from school but they are usually in classrooms, not inside backpacks,” Snakecatchers Brisbane Center informed media. The red-bellied black is a venomous snake found in eastern Australia and are responsible for 16 per cent of snakebite victims in the country.


The snake in the backpack

They can be as long as 2 meters and while their bite is not fatal, they can cause significant illness, including muscle and nerve damage. The red-bellied black snake is glossy black on the dorsal surface and red, crimson or pink in color on the lower sides and belly. This snake is common in woodlands, forests and swamplands of eastern Australia. They can flee into water and hide there. It’s generally not an aggressive species. When provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat, but will try to escape at the first opportunity. Tiger snake antivenom is used to treat bites.