A venomous snake was found in a bag of Aldi salad, and the customer still ate it
A couple found a young snake in their Aldi salad bag... recovered from the shock, and used the lettuce in a wrap!
Nothing like a little bit of snake in your lunchtime salad wrap!
This Monday, a couple in Sydney had a slithery surprise when they got home from a shopping trip at Aldi. Wrapped up in a bag of cos lettuce, the snake was peacefully asleep until Alexander White and his partner Amelie Neate bought the bag of lettuce and took the snake on a bumpy 10 minute bike-ride back to their home.
Didn't anyone ever tell them it's rude to wake someone up from a nap?!
is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's a snake...
Alexander said that the 20cm long snake was flicking his tongue out, and this is how he knew it was a snake and not a giant worm. Alexander said, "I would've been more comfortable with the worm, to be honest," - we would be concerned if he wasn't!
Alexander and Amelie called the rescue organisation Wires, who said that they thought the snake could have been one of the most venomous and dangerous snakes in Australia - an eastern brown. Yum!
Turns out, it was just a baby pale-headed snake, that a snake expert told the couple was still pretty venomous, and if bitten would require immediate medical attention, but not as deadly as the initial guess. So all good things then...
The snake and the lettuce were both moved into a Tupperware box, and a professional from Wires came to retrieve Alexander's slithery friend shortly after.
Waste not, want not!
Alexander gave the lettuce a good thorough wash after the snake had been moved on to, erm, a more suitable habitat, after removing what he thought may have been a couple of snake droppings...
Alexander said "I’ve been guilty in the past of not washing my vegetables, but I think the lesson from this is to always wash your lettuce.” Words to live by.
With the help of Aldi, they discovered that the lettuce could be traced back to Toowoomba, a city in the region of southern Queensland.
As per the Guardian Australia, Aldi have said that the snake will be released back into the wild, and are working with their suppliers to figure out how this could've happened.
A spokesperson for Aldi said, “We’ve worked with the customer and the team at Wires to identify the snake’s natural habitat, which is certainly not an Aldi store.” Yeah, no kidding!