A mother has discovered a venomous snake hiding in a toy car in the family's living room.
A mum of three got the shock of her life when she found the one-metre-long vine snake in her home in Brazil on February 17.
The woman called the fire brigade after she stumbled upon the long green-coloured snake in the wheel of a toy car belonging to one of her young children.
Firemen came to the scene wearing protective gear and used a long pole with a gripper to remove the venomous snake, later releasing it in the nearby woods.
Luckily, none of the woman's kids, who are aged between 18 months and three-years-old, were bitten by the snake.
The snake, Philodryas olfersii, is endemic to South America and the species is reported to have killed at least one human.
However, due to the posterior location of its inoculating teeth, it more often than not gives a 'dry' bite, resulting in pain, redness and bruising, but not envenoming.
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