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Pregnant mother and her two-year-old toddler find a deadly pygmy copperhead among his toys

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‘I thought it was fake’: Pregnant mother and her two-year-old toddler shocked to find a deadly pygmy copperhead slithering among his toys

  • The mother and child entered their living area in their Adelaide home on Monday
  • They found the deadly snake hiding between a soccer ball and a toy car 
  • A snake catcher entered the home and safely removed the venomous reptile

A pregnant mother and her toddler found a deadly pygmy copperhead inside their home, slithering among her children’s toys.  

The mother, who is eight months’ pregnant, and her two-year-old child entered the main living area of their Upper Sturt home in Adelaide on Monday. 

As they went to play with her children’s toys, they discovered the snake hiding between a soccer ball and a toy car. 

The mother was terrified and fled the house before her mother-in-law contacted Adelaide Snake Catchers who were able to safely remove the deadly snake from the children’s play area. 

The mother, who is eight months pregnant, and her two-year-old child entered the main living area of their Upper Sturt home in Adelaide on Monday. As they went to play with her children's toys, they discovered the snake hiding amongst between a soccer ball and a toy car

The mother, who is eight months pregnant, and her two-year-old child entered the main living area of their Upper Sturt home in Adelaide on Monday. As they went to play with her children’s toys, they discovered the snake hiding amongst between a soccer ball and a toy car

WHAT IS A PYGMY COOPERHEAD?

  • They are common snakes but are rarely seen
  • Only grow to around 50cm in length 
  • They tend to avoid humans 
  • Their venom contains a neurotoxin that attacks the nervous system and blood cells of its prey
  • Their venom can be deadly if someone who is bitten does not seek medical attention 

 

Snake catcher Steve Brown was excited to find the snake as they are extremely rare.  

‘It’s a little pygmy copperhead,’ Mr Brown said a video uploaded to Facebook. 

‘I’m stoked. We don’t get many of these at all.’ 

Without hesitation, Mr Brown picked up the copperhead by the tail and quickly put it in a sack.  

Mr Brown said the chances of finding a pygmy copperhead were slim.  

‘They are found in the foothills and for every 200 brown snakes we catch, there’d be one copperhead,’ Mr Brown told Adelaide Now.  

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Though copperheads can be deadly, they tend to avoid humans.  

He said the snake season had started about six weeks earlier than usual and they started receiving calls from as early as August 25. 

The mother was terrified and fled the house before her mother-in-law contacted Adelaide Snake Catchers who were able to safely remove the deadly snake from the children's play area

The mother was terrified and fled the house before her mother-in-law contacted Adelaide Snake Catchers who were able to safely remove the deadly snake from the children’s play area

Many commenters were terrified because the deadly snake could have been mistaken for a toy. 

‘Wow. It just looked like a rubber snake,’ one person said. 

Another said: ‘Oh my god. What a beautiful snake.  For a second, before it started moving, it look like a fake snake.’

Pygmy copperheads only grow to around 50cm in length and most of them are a dark olive-grey colour, though some are brown.  

Their venom contains a neurotoxin that attacks the nervous system and blood cells of its prey. 

Their bite is dangerous to humans and pets. 

Those bitten are required to seek medical attention to reduce the chance of injury or death.  

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