A toddler has been hospitalized after a poisonous snake slithered into a daycare center in Australia.
A snake measuring around 15 inches long was found on the two-year-old child at the daycare center in the coastal town of Bowen, Queensland on Tuesday, according to local media The Townsville Bulletin reported.
After the snake was found on the two-year-old, paramedics arrived at the daycare and examined the child due to concerns they had raised.
Australia is home to around 170 species of snake, of which around 100 are venomous, although only a dozen are thought to be capable of inflicting a highly dangerous bite to humans, according to the New Zealand government. -South Wales. a state located in the southeast of the country.
Snakes are generally not aggressive and usually only attack humans if they feel threatened or provoked.
Paramedics who arrived at Bowen Daycare said the snake that found its way inside the facility was brown in color and venomous, but it is not known what species it belonged to.
The child showed no symptoms of possible envenoming, but had marks that appeared to have been caused by a snakebite on the hand.
Paramedics took the child to a local hospital as a precaution where they are believed to be in stable condition.
The toddler was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, medical center officials told 7news.com.au.
Although the species of snake found on the child has not been identified, there is a group of poisonous snakes native to Australia that tend to be brown in color.
This genus, or group of species, is called pseudonaya– commonly known as brown snakes – which are considered to have some of the most potent venoms in the world. Some of the nine species of brown snakes are capable of delivering a bite that can be fatal to humans.
A species of brown snake that has particularly potent venom is the eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis), which is found in the eastern half of Australia, often in populated areas.
The eastern brown, which can grow to nearly eight feet long, is considered by some measures to have the second most poisonous venom of any land snake in the world, according to data from the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University of Melbourne.
Their venom contains a host of different toxins that can prevent blood from clotting and cause paralysis. Deaths resulting from an eastern brown snake bite are usually caused by cardiac arrest or cerebral hemorrhage.
Brown snakes as a group have been responsible for more deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2016 than any other snake, although deaths resulting from their bites are rare with 23 recorded during this period, according to figures from a study published in the journal. Toxicon To display.
When young eastern brown snakes hatch, they are about 6 inches in length. But despite their small size, they are just as poisonous as adults.
In some cases, a poisonous snake may bite without releasing venom. These are known as “dry” bites and tend to be less dangerous, although they can still cause pain and other symptoms, such as bleeding and inflammation.
The frequency of dry bites varies greatly by species, but research indicates that in the case of the eastern brown, they can account for around 80% of all bites.
Earlier this month, an eastern brown snake was found in the hallway of a day care center in Brisbane, a major city on the coast of Queensland.