A 1.2-metre-long red-bellied black snake was found in a child's toy box in Queensland

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Australia has a reputation for having some of the world’s most dangerous animals.

One of them is the red-bellied black snake, and while bites from these snakes are rare, the venom from it’s fangs can induce nausea, vomiting, headaches, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and in extreme cases, death.

Andrew Smedley, a snake handler from Ipswich in Queensland who runs Andrew’s Snake Removal was called to remove a 1.2-metre red-bellied black snake from a little girl’s room in a home in Peak Crossing, a small town about an hour’s drive south-west of Brisbane.

When he got there, he filmed the entire incident on his phone. It’s now going viral on Facebook, with over 9,500 views at the time of publication.

The snake was hiding in the girl’s toy basket in a corner of her room, and it took several attempts to remove as it appeared quite agitated and kept rearing back as if to bite.

As for how it got there in the first place, Smedley says “it could have been following something, it could have been escaping something, or, it’s pretty humid and hot now and snakes don’t like too much heat so it might have been escaping the heat.”

Watch the hair-raising video, where Smedley captures the snake with his bare hands below.

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