Australian Python Makes 14,500 KM Trip In Woman's Shoe

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Smuggling a snake is one thing. Smuggling a snake by accident and discovering it while unpacking is a whole other story.

A Scottish woman who returned from Australia on a 14,500 km flight was shocked to discover a live spotted python in her suitcase when she unpacked at home.

The small (but still terrifying) serpent had taken up residence in her shoe, and had even started shedding its skin during the lengthy journey.

Moira Boxall took things pretty calmly, calling the Scottish SPCA animal protection organization, which took the snake into quarantine.

"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," animal rescue officer Taylor Johnstone said in a statement sent to CNN.

"When I arrived, the snake had been contained by the caller, so I safely removed the snake from the property. Upon examination, the snake was found to be a spotted python which is not venomous," Johnstone said.

"The snake is now in quarantine at our animal rescue and re-homing centre in Edinburgh."

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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