A Queensland schoolgirl has made a terrifying discovery in her backpack as she reached inside for her lunch.
The Augusta State School student went to get her lunch when she realised that inside the front pocket of her Gryffindor backpack something was Slytherin.
The young girl stuck her hand in the pocket of her bag and felt something move over her hand - something she had not packed in there herself.
It's at that point she realised the thing lurking in the front pocket of her backpack was a snake.
Professional snake catchers were called to the Ipswich school to remove the serpent and quickly discovered it was a red-bellied black snake slithering in the schoolbag.
Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast shared an image of the bag on Facebook.
One Facebook user found it humorous the snake was sitting in a Gryffindor backpack - the serpent being the emblem for Slytherin in the Harry Potter novels.
"Bloody Slytherins, get out of the Gryffindor common room," one user wrote.
According to News Corp, a staff member zipped up the girl's bag before a catcher arrived to remove it.
Snake catcher Lana Field said the snake was about 60 centimetres long.
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She added that the snake was probably just looking for somewhere to hide.
According to The Australian Snakebite Project, red-bellied black bites accounted for 16 per cent of snakebite victims between 2005-2015, although no deaths were recorded.
However, it is recommended if anyone is bitten by one to get immediate medical attention.
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