SA baby nearly bitten by brown snake

Bernadette Chua, ninemsn
1:30pm December 7, 2012
Snake catcher Mark Forgan catches a 1m snake which slithered under a baby car seat
Snake catcher Mark Forgan catches a 1m snake which slithered under a baby car seat

A baby in South Australia narrowly avoided being bitten by a 1m-long venomous brown snake after it curled up underneath the nine-month-old's car seat.

Parents Jacqui and Matt Staniford made the shocking discovery on Monday afternoon while they were transporting copper pipes from their Fullerton home in Adelaide to a salvage yard.

The couple believe the snake had been hiding in the pipes when it crawled from the boot to the backseat of the car.

Mrs Staniford told Adelaide Now she felt "physically sick" after spotting the snake so close to her baby Benji. 

"I don't think I've ever felt so sick in my whole life."

When she saw the snake slither under the baby seat, she called SA Snake Catchers owner Mark Forgan to get rid of it.

"It's a common time of the year for brown snakes to be out and about and they do tend to go into homes to find a cool place to get out of the heat," Mr Forgan told ninemsn.

"Brown snakes potentially can kill so it was a lucky that Benji's parents made the discovery." 

Mr Forgan had to remove the entire back seat of the car to remove the snake.

Sources: Adelaide Now, Mark Forgan.
Author: Bernadette Chua, Approving editor: Nick Pearson.

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