Australian mum discovers venomous red-bellied black snake hiding among her son's toys

A Queensland mother has received a mighty shock after noticing a highly venomous snake sneaking past her young child and making itself at home in his bedroom.

The unnamed woman was shocked when she saw something black slither past her son as he played in the lounge and enter her child's bedroom, 7News reports.

She quickly moved her child away from the area and called in an expert to remove the unwelcome visitor.

It's just as well she moved so fast, as the snake was a highly venomous red-bellied black snake.

Expert Stuart McKenzie from The Snake Catcher 24/7 - Sunshine Coast quickly found the reptile among a pile of stuffed animals and captured it.

"It would be pretty nerve-wracking seeing a venomous snake slither past in close proximity to your child," he told 7 News.

The snake was estimated to be about a metre long and could have crept into the house through the garage.

Red-bellied black snakes are venomous and their bites require immediate medical attention, although they are rarely fatal.

The venom can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, excessive sweating or diarrhoea.