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Snake on a train! Serpent spooks passengers on express train

Snake on a train! Serpent spooks passengers on express train

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Passengers on an express railway train running along the eastern coast of Taiwan were startled Monday by an unexpected traveler -- a snake, which was spotted slithering in the aisle and then caught right before the train reached its destination of Hualien.
The serpentine stowaway was reported on the No. 208 Tze-Chiang Express while the train was running southward toward Hualien during the morning commute. When the train stopped in Yilan, local firefighters were summoned to board the train in an attempt to capture the snake, which had by then managed to slink away.
Failing to have located the snake, the conductor decided that the train should continue its journey southward. The head of the train crew then finally managed to catch the reptilian rider while the train was running between Beipu and Hualien, according to the Taiwan Railway Administration. The express train was 16 minutes late by the time it arrived at the Hualien station, its final destination.
The stowaway was then identified as a non-poisonous white plum blossom snake.
The species, whose body color is black and white and can grow to 110 centimeters in length, lives in the secondary forests and the fringes of low-elevation mountains in Taiwan. It is often beaten to death by people who mistake it for the many-banded krait, a highly venomous species of the elapid snake family found throughout much of central and southern China and Southeast Asia. (By Chen Yi-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 10:36 GMT+08:00