‘Dangerous’ find in bag of Aldi lettuce

 

A horrified Sydney shopper had the fright of their life after finding a live snake in a bag of Aldi cos lettuce.

The Mosman woman claims her son found a "baby pale headed snake" in the packaged salad item, sharing two photos of the dangerous reptile slithering among the green leaves.

She explained her shocked son was forced to contact Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) which came and collected the misplaced snake.

Aldi Australia is currently investigating the claims.

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A Sydney woman has claimed her son found a baby pale headed snake in bag of Aldi lettuce. Facebook
A Sydney woman has claimed her son found a baby pale headed snake in bag of Aldi lettuce. Facebook

"Check packaged lettuces carefully. Last night my son found a baby pale headed snake in with his baby cos lettuce from Aldi," the woman wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

Her post was met with shock from other social media users, with one calling it "bizarre" as others pushed for more details.

"Was it still alive?" one asked.

"That is bizarre. What did he do next?" another said.

While others called it an "awful" and "nasty" find.

The mum responded revealing it was "very much alive" but thankfully her son was okay, though he "hadn't realised how dangerous it was".

The snake’s venom is said to be ‘dangerous’ to humans. Aldi is investigating the matter. Facebook
The snake’s venom is said to be ‘dangerous’ to humans. Aldi is investigating the matter. Facebook

A pale headed snake is a "potentially dangerous species" according to Queensland Museum, which states its venom is haemotoxic.

The effects of a bite by a pale headed snake can be "serious" as the venom destroys red blood cells and disrupts blood clotting which can cause organ failure.

It can be found in central eastern Australia, from Mareeba in north-eastern Queensland down to mid-eastern New South Wales.

Continue the conversation @RebekahScanlan | rebekah.scanlan@news.com.au

Originally published as 'Dangerous' find in bag of Aldi lettuce



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