Snake hid­ing in man­goes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

JA­SON Baker dis­cov­ered more than he bar­gained for when he emp­tied a mango bin at Mun­dub­bera Cen­tral Fruit Pack­ers.

The pack­ing shed worker was clear­ing a fil­ter at the end of a mango wash tank when a brown snake bit him.

Mr Baker said he was work­ing a tip­ping plat­form and did not re­alise the snake had hitched a ride.

“I put my hand in to clear the fil­ter. At first I didn’t know what had stabbed my fin­ger – it just felt like a scrape on some­thing sharp,” Mr Baker said.

“Then I felt it move. Then I saw a small brown snake in the wa­ter.

“I think it got as big a shock as I did,” he said.

“It was only a very small snake and I didn’t re­ally think that I would be poi­soned but I still got to the hos­pi­tal and sat there for a few hours un­til it was all clear and I was all right.”

Ja­son Baker At first I didn’t know what had stabbed my fin­ger – it just felt like a scrape on some­thing sharp.

The lo­cal res­i­dent was back at work the next day, tip­ping bins of fruit.

Mr Baker has worked at the shed for two years and said he never re­ally thought a snake would find its way into a bin of fruit, let alone stay in there for the trip in the truck and then into the tip­per.

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