Snake hiding in mangoes
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.