Snake on a train!

By Cailey Rizzo
September 26, 2016
Snake Found on Japanese Bullet Train
Credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

A passenger on a Japanese bullet train sat for 50 minutes on Monday without noticing that a python was wrapped around his armrest.

Almost an hour into the train ride from Tokyo’s JR station, a nearby passenger noticed the snake on the seat in front of him and told the train’s conductor, the Associated Press reported.

The train then made an emergency stop at Hamamatsu station, where railway police removed the snake in less than a minute. But the detour did not stop Japan’s famously efficient bullet train. The high-speed train quickly left the station and arrived at its final destination, Hiroshima, on time.

The foot-long snake is believed to have been either some sort of python or rat snake. It is not thought to have been poisonous and no injuries were reported onboard.

Train staff made announcements asking if any passenger had misplaced a snake, but nobody came forward, according to Japanese media.

There’s no word yet on the fate of the snake, nor whether Samuel L. Jackson was on the train.

It seems no form of transportation is safe from snakes. Earlier this month, a snake was spotted on a flight from Stockholm to Oslo. Luckily, the snake was spotted and removed from the plane before the flight took off.

Cailey Rizzo writes about travel, art and culture and is the founding editor of The Local Dive. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @misscaileyanne.