Here are a few things one expects to find in a NSW primary school sandpit: fruit bar wrappers, apple cores, bugs, saliva, urine. Here’s something you don’t expect to find in a NSW primary school sandpit: brown snake eggs.
Students at a Laurieton school got an absolutely stellar sendoff for 2017 when they discovered a bunch of actual brown snake eggs in their school sandpit on December 20th, according to the Port Macquarie News.
Volunteers for wildlife organisation FAWNA (For Australian Wildlife Needing Aid) were called, and 12 eggs were immediately removed from the vicinity of the sandpit. After three days of solid digging, the volunteers discovered a total of seven nests and 43 eggs.
The eggs were apparently pretty ripe, and were set to hatch within about two weeks of their discovery. Which is kind of like a grim line from a shit action movie: “We got 43 eggs set to hatch in two weeks… then school will be REALLY out for the summer.”
It’s believed the snakes loved the sandpit as the sand was freshly laid. Nothing like that new sand smell if you’re keen to raise a bunch of incredibly lethal reptiles.
“The sand was still fresh and loose and would have provided the perfect place for snakes to regulate the eggs due to the temperature,” said FAWNA volunteer Yvette Attleir.
In case you’d forgotten, the eastern brown snake is considered to be the second-most venomous terrestrial snake in the world. Though deaths from brown snake bites are now rare, one might conclude that a whole bunch of them in a school sandpit would not be ideal.