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I’m always on the lookout for something interesting in the recent news and this article immediately caught my eye. I watched the Hollywood film “Snakes on a Plane” starring Samuel L Jackson but this non fictional story in the news took place in Australia and didn’t end happily for the snake.

A 10′ (3 metre) scrub python was spotted out on a wing of the plane on a journey between Cairns in Australia to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea – a journey which took almost two hours – and the snake managed to cling on through the whole journey.

About 20 minutes after the take-off from Cairns a female passenger noticed the snake and pointed it out to a member of the cabin crew.  Initially only the snake’s head could be seen but as it slowly began to try and move back to safety it’s whole body could be seen.  The poor creature desperately tried to pull itself back but the wind speed of around 250 miles an hour (400 kilometres) prevented it from finding its way back and so its body was relentlessly battered against the engine.

According to one of the passengers on board the plane, those passengers at the front were completely oblivious to what was going on but those closer to be back were utterly gripped  by this movie length drama.  According to him it never actually occurred to the crew or passengers that there may be more snakes in the plane!

Unfortunately the snake had been battered to such an extent that by the time the plane landed in Port Moresby the ground crew discovered it was dead.

For those of us not familiar with Australian reptiles, the scrub python is the longest Australian snake and survives by preying primarily on rodents.  In order to get food it often lays in wait in enclosed spaces and then pounces!

I’m not what one would call a “snake lover” but it seems incredibly sad that this python managed to cling on for almost two hours and then die on arrival.  According to the article, the wing of the plane was spattered with blood so the poor thing must have been in pain as well as being completely stressed by the situation in which it found itself.