Mickayla Sims with the snake she caught.
Mickayla Sims with the snake she caught.

Mickayla's baby brown

By LYNDAL GAWEN ? WHAT looked like an over-size worm worth picking up and playing with by seven-year-old Mickayla Sims turned out to be a baby brown snake.

As an Anzac Day treat Mickayla went fishing with her dad Michael, brother Nicholas and sister Naomi in the river by the cement works.

While dad was fishing the kids were scooping toadfish out of the river to play with and throw back in.

Then Mickayla saw what looked like a giant worm so she picked it up.

"It sort of went slimy when I was picking it up,'' Mickayla explained.

"I picked it up and called my brother, but they were getting their toadfish.''

When the other kids took no interest Mickayla turned to her dad and said: "Dad look at this worm.''

"Dad saw it and told me to drop it,'' she said.

Just as Mickayla dropped the snake Mr Sims said it was ready to take a bite at her.

Excited and amazed by the catch they put the snake in a jar. They brought it home to show the rest of the family. The snake is now destined to be released.

The Sims' neighbour, who works for the CSIRO, has offered to take the snake back out into the bush and set it free.



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