,Okay, fine, it was just one snake. But still: a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner was grounded in Sydney, Australia, when a fairly small exotic snake was found on board. Sadly, Samuel L. Jackson was nowhere to be found.
Passengers had not yet boarded the plane, which was set to depart from Sydney and head to Tokyo, Japan on Monday morning.
The snake was an 8-inch Mandarin rat snake, which is native to Southern and Central China. Although officials are not speculating on how the snake got on board, the plane had most recently flown in from Singapore.
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Although Mandarin rat snakes may bite if annoyed, their venom is so extremely mild that they don't pose a threat to humans. Mandarin rat snakes can grow to about 4 feet long, but this particular specimen was only about 8 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
Although the snake didn't pose a threat to humans, it did pose a threat to Australian ecology. The Australian Agriculture Department euthanized the snake, saying that "exotic reptiles of this kind can harbor pests and diseases not present in Australia," reported ABC News.
It's sad that the euthanized the snake, but honestly it's more sad that not a single Qantas spokesperson quoted the movie Snakes on a Plane. Ugh, seriously, what is wrong with reporters these days? You have to work to get that sound bite.
-By Joslyn Gray
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