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Snake and Potatoes? Woman Finds Reptile in Bag of Spuds from Wal-Mart

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 04:59 PM

By Clyde Hughes

It's not quite steak and potatoes: A woman in North Huntingdon, Pa., said she found a snake this week in a bag of potatoes she bought at her local Wal-Mart.

Bonnie Raygor told WTAE4 she spotted the 3 1/2-foot snake in the plastic bag of potatoes when she went to reach into the bag before making dinner Thursday night.

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"First I saw its underbelly, which is white. I thought I had a bad potato. Instead I had a snake," Raygor told WTAE4. “The bag was sealed. The only thing that's in it are the little holes. So I'm assuming it was in there when I bought it. I screamed."

After research, Raygor thinks it's a nonpoisonous corn snake, a North American species typically found throughout the southeastern and central United States, and are often kept as pets.

Raygor had purchased the bag, which apparently had been sealed except for little holes in the plastic, six days prior. Upon seeing the snake, Raygor emptied the potatoes, WTAE4 reported. With the help of family members, Raygor placed snake in a reptile enclosure she had from a previous pet, and then called Wal-Mart.

"First, they told me I should bring it to the lawn and garden department and they'd take care of it," Raygor told WTAE4. "I was dissatisfied, so I called and asked to speak to a manager, and he said if I had a receipt, I could get a refund. That was the extent."

The Harvest Gold potatoes are distributed by Irving Farms Marketing in Maine. Wal-Mart told WTAE that it is looking into the matter.

"I think they need to find out where it came from," Raygor said. “They owe me an apology."

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