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Adelaide snake catcher Rolly Burrell told ABC Radio Adelaide the Hahndorf mum was preparing her child's lunch on Monday when she found the deadly snake.
"She'd already started packing it, the lunchbox itself has a lip around the top — snakes like to get into closed spaces so they feel secure," Mr Burrell said.
"When she opened up the lid ... she didn't even see it and she was halfway through putting the lunch in and then she saw it and shut the lid down and gave us a call."
Mr Burrell said it was normal for baby brown snakes to hatch at this time of year, but said he had been receiving an unusually high number of calls this year.
"We're doing about 50, 60 calls a day and they're all baby brown snakes," he said.
"Look I'm over it. I want to go hide on an island somewhere. We're getting smashed, we're going out three, four o'clock in the morning.
"This is one of the best years for us that I've seen in 40 years of doing it, there's just baby snakes hatching everywhere."
Just the other day, Mr Burrell said he was called to a home where a snake was found under a quilt.
"The cat had brought it in, dropped it on the bed and they both bolted."
Mr Burrell said baby brown snakes were just as lethal as a full grown one.
He said just because you found a baby brown snake, it did not mean the mother would also be hanging around.
"The mother doesn't hang around, she lays her eggs and she goes," he said.
"She's quite cannibalistic, even if she comes across them in the garden, she'll eat them. So there's no love there."
Mr Burrell said he was getting callouts to not only the hills, but also around the suburbs.
He said when he caught snakes, they were later re-released "quite a way away".
A little girl's collection of stuffed animals had an unwanted addition this week when a venomous snake wriggled its way into her toy box.
The 1.2-metre long red-bellied black snake was found curled up underneath the pile of toys in the Peaks Crossing home, south-west of Brisbane, on Tuesday afternoon.
It had been spotted on a windowsill by the girl's father, who lost sight of it when it dropped into the box.
Snake catcher Andrew Smedley was called in to remove the reptile, which he eventually found curled up underneath the stuffed dogs, bears, and birds.
"It's funny, they said it was her little zoo area. So they got a real life animal in the zoo," Mr Smedley said.
He said the snake was "pretty well hidden" in there.
"Things could've gotten a little ugly had no-one noticed the snake and the child was in there playing and put her hands in there," Mr Smedley said.
"It's something you don't want in the kid's room."