Shocked Shopper Finds Snake in Bag of Broccoli

Man is Horrified to Find a Ladder Snake Inside a Bag of Broccoli He Purchased From

A 63-year-old man recently had an unexpected encounter while unpacking his groceries. Neville Linton, from Birmingham, UK, purchased a bag of broccoli from an Aldi supermarket only to later discover a snake tucked inside one of the stems. The shock of finding a live snake in his vegetables left Mr. Linton horrified.

According to Mr. Linton, he is not a fan of snakes and was lucky that he noticed it before releasing it into his house. Thankfully, his sister, Ann-Marie Tenkanemin, stepped in to help. They carefully transferred the broccoli, with the snake still inside, to a tub and returned to the Aldi branch where the bag was purchased. Even the store manager was frightened by the unexpected visitor.

The snake was later identified as a young ladder snake by staff at Dudley Zoo. While the snake is not venomous, it can deliver a nasty bite. Mr. Linton, concerned for the safety of his vulnerable family members, including his disabled son and mother-in-law, believes that the situation should have been handled more seriously by the store. He expressed his fears and emphasized the emotional impact that this event had on him, being phobic of snakes.

The Aldi branch manager acknowledged that they had never received a similar complaint before. However, they have apologized to Mr. Linton and are investigating the incident to prevent similar occurrences in the future. They are committed to maintaining their high standards and ensuring customer satisfaction.

A Lesser-Known Snake Species

The snake found in the bag of broccoli was initially thought to be a ladder snake, but herpetologist Dr. Steven J. R. Allain has identified it as a viperine water snake. While both snake species are non-venomous and generally harmless to humans, the viperine water snake is commonly found in southwestern Europe and northern Africa.

Dr. Allain speculates that the snake may have ended up in the vegetables during the harvesting process, possibly being swept up by agricultural equipment or seeking refuge in the broccoli fields. He emphasizes that these snakes pose no threat to humans and are particularly dangerous only to fish and frogs.

Appreciating Delicate Creatures

Snakes like the viperine water snake are often misunderstood and feared. By increasing public awareness and understanding of these species, individuals may become less afraid. Learning more about these delicate creatures can help us appreciate their role in the ecosystem and alleviate unnecessary fears associated with encountering them.

With proper education and knowledge, we can coexist peacefully with all forms of wildlife, even those that may appear strange or scary at first glance.