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A genuine snake on a plane! Woman finds unexpected visitor in luggage after flight back to UK from Australia

The snake was found in the luggage of a woman who had just returned from Australia. Credit: Scottish SPCA

A British holidaymaker had an unexpected surprise when she returned from Australia to find a snake coiled in her luggage.

The spotted python unwittingly became a 'snake on a plane' and survived the long-haul trip back to the UK last week.

The snake was found as the woman unpacked her bags at home in Bridge of Allan, Scotland.

During the trip, the snake had begun to shed its skin.

The snake has started to shed its skin during the trip. Credit: Scottish SPCA

The woman called the SPCA for help dealing with the uninvited visitor.

SPCA Rescue worker Taylor Johnstone said: "When I arrived, the snake had been contained by the caller, so I safely removed the snake from the property."

The unharmed and, fortunately, non-venomous snake is now in quarantine at an animal rescue and re-homing centre in Edinburgh.

The unusual incident comes more than a decade after 2006 action thriller Snakes On A Plane, starring Samuel L Jackson, coined the popular phrase.

The snake is now being looked after at a centre in Edinburgh. Credit: Scottish SPCA