“A young Ipswich schoolgirl found more than her morning tea as she reached into her backpack and felt a snake move across her hand on Tuesday.
Snake catcher Lana Field was called out to Augusta State School just after morning tea after the young girl told her teacher there was a red-bellied black snake in her backpack.
“A young girl and her friend were putting their hands in their bags to get lunch out and the snake went over her hands,” Ms Field said.
“The snake went into the smaller top pocket on the bag (and) the teacher was smart enough to gently zip it closed and then took the bag out of the area away from the children and put it in a staff-only area.”
The two-foot-long sub-adult snake was released into a wildlife corridor a couple of kilometres from the school.”