When three-year-old Kyle Cummings found a stash of eggs near his home in Townsville, Queensland, he did what any three-year-old would do: he gathered them up in a plastic container, took them home, squirreled them away inside a wardrobe and then tottered off.

Later, his mother discovered the eggs had hatched seven eastern brown snakes ‚ÄĒ only the second most venomous snakes on Earth. Fortunately, nobody was bitten, and the snakes have since been released in the wild.

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Via BBC:

The reptiles were only 12-15cm long, according to Trish Prendergast of North Queensland Wildlife Care, who released the snakes.

"Their fangs are only a few millimetres long at that age, so they probably couldn't break the skin, but they're just as venomous as full-grown snakes," she told the Associated Press news agency.

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[BBC]

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