A Queensland mum endured all parents’ worst nightmare when her seven-year-old found a poisonous snake hidden in one of her toys.

Emma Chong’s son Chase on Tuesday discovered the yellow-faced whip snake – often mistaken for the deadly brown snake – curled up in his toy kitchen at the Gladstone family home.

The fast-growing snake breed is poisonous, but is not considered dangerous – although a bite can still be extremely painful and cause local swelling, according to the Australian museum.

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Chase called his mother, who managed to remove the creature and release it back into the wild.

Ms Chong said in a video uploaded to TikTok that she was shocked by the discovery, telling the Daily mailher son had done well to stay away from the serpent.

“Chase found the snake. He was shocked but he stayed behind, ”she told the publication.

“I was also shocked when I saw the snake.

The clip has been viewed over 16,000 times, with horrified viewers taking the comments to congratulate Ms. Chong.

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As winter approaches, cold-blooded reptiles in Australia’s cooler states – like Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South Wales, become more inactive.

But in Queensland, where the climate remains warm, snake hunters have advised in recent years that residents stay on the alert.

“The snakes are still there. There is still an unusual amount of movement, ”said snake catcher William Pledger The Gympie Times.

“Snakes don’t hibernate. Unlike bears that hibernate and fall asleep for six months and stay in their den, then wake up and come out, snakes will be active whenever the weather is hot … At the end of the day here in Queensland the snakes be active all year round. ”