The discovery of dozens of eggs buried in a sandpit at a school in Australia has prompted frenzied debate after the rescuers concluded they belonged to the brown snake, one of the deadliest snakes in the world.

Wildlife rescue volunteers were called to remove about 12 eggs seen by students in the sandpit at St Joseph’s primary school in Laurieton, a coastal town about 320 miles north of Sydney.

They eventually uncovered 43 eggs buried in the sand and concluded that they belonged to an eastern brown snake,  an aggressive snake which kills more people in Australia than any other.

The rescuers said they shone a light through the eggs and could see small striped snakes inside.

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