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Woman finds snake in her shoe after a 9,000-mile flight from Australia
Woman finds snake in her shoe after a 9,000-mile flight from Australia

A snake traveled 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 & saw the snake she thought it was a toy put there as prank.


A transoceanic flight from Australia to Scotland sounds like a nightmare in itself. The last thing that 9,000-mile, 24-hour journey needs is a snake.

But for one Scottish woman, a python joined her for the lengthy travel experience after she unknowingly packed the snake in her suitcase. It was Snakes on a Plane all over again.

According to ABC Brisbane, Moira Boxall discovered a spotted python in a shoe that she had packed in suitcase upon returning to Glasgow from Queensland. During her stay in Australia, Boxall had thought she saw a snake in her room but couldn’t find it after looking. She thinks that snake eventually ended up in the shoe that she packed.

The snake, which was not venomous, survived the international journey and was taken by Scottish SPCA animal rescue.


According to BBC: 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 our animal rescue and rehoming centre in Edinburgh.”


The snake is expected to end up in a zoo if it clears quarantine.