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Man finds snake on a supermarket pineapple


Posted on Thursday, 17 August, 2017 | Comment icon 6 comments

The snake had hitched a ride in a crate of pineapples. Image Credit: PD - Judgefloro
A man in Edinburgh got the fright of his life on Tuesday when he found the reptile in his shopping.
The snake, which has been nicknamed 'Ricky' in homage to the fact that it came from Costa Rica, was found clinging to a pineapple inside a bag of groceries bought from Aldi.

"It's not every day that we get called out to attend to snakes found in peculiar places," said Catherine Atterton of the Scottish SPCA ( Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ).

"I know not long ago there was a wee lizard found on a head of broccoli so I was quite excited to see what had stowed away on this pineapple. As yet he's not been identified but he's in a good condition and is now being cared for by experts at Butterfly World in Edinburgh."

"We're glad we were called out as without proper care Ricky wouldn't survive our climate. Now he'll be able to recuperate from his adventures."


The supermarket from which the pineapple was purchased was similarly surprised by the discovery.

"We are investigating this isolated incident with our supplier to understand how this could have happened," said a spokeswoman.

Source: BBC News | Comments (6)

Tags: Snake, Pineapple

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DebDandelion on 17 August, 2017, 3:51
Rescue the snake...mmmmmpf. Snake was thinking...darn humans...there goes my 60 days around the world trip
Comment icon #2 Posted by HauntedDreams80 on 17 August, 2017, 14:30
Snake experts at a butterfly world?
Comment icon #3 Posted by acute on 17 August, 2017, 16:03
Too late anyway!  It'll be Snake Haggis by now.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Torviking on 21 August, 2017, 22:16
Was it doing sums ? = an adder OR was it on the front of his car ? =a Vindscreen Viper ! Sorry .... taxi for this idiot.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ChaosRose on 21 August, 2017, 22:50
It could have been worse. It could have been a spider on a bunch of bananas. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 21 August, 2017, 23:04
  I think the experts have identified it now....it belongs to the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, but tests are still being done.


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