Australia is full of dangerous creatures, from land to sea. Among these creatures, Australia houses the world’s second most venomous snake, the Eastern brown snake.
When a group of children were playing in a sandpit at school in Laurieton, New South Wales, one child discovered a patch of 12 eggs. Quickly after, a wildlife group, known as Fawna, was called over to the school.
Fawna arrived quickly, and dug through the sandpit to see if there were any other eggs. Soon after, they found more than they would have liked to see in a child’s sandpit. 31 more eggs were found, making a total of 43 eggs in the sandpit, which were broken up into seven nests.
The eggs could have been anything from chicken to a snake. However, the Fawna volunteers determined them to be reptilian. The volunteers thought that they could be Australian water dragon eggs, but after shining a light through the eggs, they thought otherwise.
Whatever was in the eggs was a reptile, which was made clear by the light. When the volunteers did not see any limbs in the eggs, they assumed that they were snake eggs. From there, it was announced that the eggs were those of the Eastern brown snake, a very aggressive and dangerous snake.
However, when the news of the snake egg discovery was released, some people thought that the eggs could not belong to a snake, because they were buried in the sand. Much of the internet did not think that they were snake eggs, as well.
Tim Faulkner, an Australian Reptile Park general manager, told the Daily Telegraph in an interview that he did not believe in the eggs being those of a brown snake.
“I can say with a high degree of certainly the eggs look like a water dragon lizard eggs,” said Faulkner
The idea of the eggs belonging to a water dragon lizard was much more comforting to the people. But there was still uncertainty, and everyone wanted the situation resolved.
A couple of days later, the volunteers came back to check on the eggs, but there were no eggs to check. Whatever was in them had slithered away, leaving no trace as to what they were. A good thing too, because if they were snakes, the baby snakes would have been very aggressive once they hatched.