A snake travelled 15,000 km in a woman's shoe on a flight from Australia to Scotland. Moira Boxall unpacked her luggage after the journey to find the snake, which had shed its skin, curled up in her shoe. Boxall's son-in-law said when she opened her bag and saw the snake she thought it was a toy put there as prank.
In an incident that will confirm the worst fears of visitors to Australia, Moira Boxall unpacked her luggage after the more than 9,300-mile journey from Queensland to find the small and very much alive creature curled up in her slip-ons. It even shed its skin during its voyage in her footwear.
The resilient reptile – later identified as a non-venomous spotted python, a breed commonly kept as a pet – travelled safely from Mackay to Glasgow.
Airlie said throughout Boxall’s visit he had deliberately tried to downplay how common snakes were in Queensland, so as not to alarm her.
After making the surprise discovery, Boxall put the shoe in the garden with a box over the top. She then called Airlie, who contacted the Scottish SPCA.
Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Taylor Johnstone said: “I can confirm that we removed a snake from a property in Bridge of Allan.
“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. 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.”
The snake is in quarantine at the Scottish SPCA’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Edinburgh.