Woman Finds Python Hiding in Shoe After Flying 9,000 Miles From Australia
Even more snakes on a plane.
The worst passenger on your flight is actually not the person who keeps kicking your seat.
In fact, there’s a slightly more slithery traveler out there that you never want to encounter on your journey. Especially when you’re not expecting it.
According to CNN, a Scottish woman named Moira Boxall, traveling from Queensland, Australia to Glasgow, Scotland, was surprised (read: horrified) to find a small python curled up in her shoe inside her suitcase when she landed after the long journey.
Over the course of the 9,300 mile journey, the snake had actually began to shed its skin inside the shoe, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Boxall’s son-in-law Paul Airlie, who lives in Australia, told ABC that she thought she saw a snake in her room before her trip home, but she and her family couldn’t find it.
Turns out, it was just hiding in a very unexpected place.
“She actually thought that Sarah and I had put a fake snake in her shoe to wind her up, so at first she thought it was a joke until she touched it and it moved,” Airlie told ABC.
Once she discovered the snake, Boxall called the Scottish SPCA to come remove it.
“I responded to a call from a woman who had just returned from a holiday in Australia who had found a small snake inside her shoe in her suitcase,” said animal rescue officer Taylor Johnstone to CNN. “I safely removed the snake from the property. Upon examination, the snake was found to be a spotted python which is not venomous.”
This is certainly not the first time a snake has made its way onto a plane – also known as Samuel L. Jackson’s nightmare scenario. In true cinematic fashion, snakes have been seen falling out from overhead bins and even managing to hitchhike onto planes all by themselves, without the help of humans.
It seems snakes have caught the travel bug.
This snake, luckily, was no threat to Boxall or anyone else, for that matter. According to the ABC, the snake is now in quarantine in Edinburgh and may be transferred to the Glasgow zoo.