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Aldi shopper ‘shaken’ after finding live SNAKE inside bag of broccoli from store

July 2, 2023

Neville Linton, 63, says he was left a bit shaken after he found the ladder snake inside a bag of broccoli from Aldi which has now been homed at Dudley Zoo…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A grandad was given a fright when he spotted a snake in a bag of Aldi broccoli.

Neville Linton, from the West Midlands, had a scare when he noticed the young ladder snake at the supermarket last month.

The 63-year-old said the experience of finding the serpent was “frightening”.

He had been at the Stourbridge branch three days before the discovery but only found the snake when he got the bag of veg out to make a meal.

Neville, who works in industrial cleaning, is scared of snakes so relatives jumped to his aid and scooped the reptile up.

It was later taken to nearby Dudley Zoo where it was identified as a ladder snake, which is a species is from south western Europe and, although not venomous, can give humans a nasty nip.

The grandad-of-one from Birmingham, said: “It was pretty frightening. I’m not good with snakes.

“It’s lucky I didn’t just leave the broccoli out in the kitchen, or it would have been loose in the house.

“That would have been a huge risk for us because we have two vulnerable people living here.”

He saw a little creature tucked up near the stem when he unwrapped the veg on his kitchen counter.

Quickly realising it was too big to be a caterpillar, he called for his sister Ann-Marie Tenkanemin, 57, who identified it as a snake.

The pair popped it in a tub and drove it back to the Aldi store in Dudley Road where Neville had bought the veg.

He said: “I thought she was joking at first, but I backed off when I saw it start moving.

“The guy in the shop was pretty frightened too.”

The snake was taken to Dudley Zoo where it was identified as a young ladder snake by a specialist, said Neville’s 41-year-old son Donovan.

Neville has been offered compensation, but is pushing for more.

The dad-of-three says the amount offered does not compensate him for the risk to his disabled son and vulnerable mother-in-law, who live with him.

He added: “It’s just not good enough – the implications for us if it had got out in the house are huge.

“Plus, I’m phobic of snakes so there’s the emotional impact of that too.”

An Aldi spokesman said: “Our supplier has never had a complaint of this nature and has robust processes in place to prevent such issues occurring.

“We are investigating this isolated incident and have apologised to Mr Linton that our usual high standards were not met.”

Ladder snakes are mostly found in Portugal, Spain, southern France and parts of Italy.

They can become aggressive when threatened and are capable of letting off a foul odour.

 

Culled from Daily Mirror

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