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A small snake was discovered on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner; the plane of 370 passengers had to be grounded overnight in Australia to take care of the issue.
The snake was found about an hour before takeoff by staff members in the doorway of the airplane.
The slithery creature turned out to be a Mandarin rat snake. It was taken into quarantine for identification and then euthanized, according to The Guardian.
Mandarin rat snakes are mildly venomous, so the airplane it was found on had to be completely fumigated in case other snakes were on board.
The Department of Agriculture believes that the snake got on board during a flight from Singapore earlier in the day, according to the Associated Press.
The 370 passengers on the flight, who were headed to Tokyo, had to stay in Sydney for the night because of the reptilian ruckus.
This isn’t the first snake-on-a-plane incident this year. In January, a three-foot python clung to the wing of an airplane for the entirety of a two-hour flight from northeast Australia to Papua New Guinea. The snake had died during the trip, but incredibly remained on the plane’s exterior from departure to landing.
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