Startled staff clearing up a plane that had just landed at Glasgow airport from Cancun, Mexico found an 18 inch long snake.
The Scottish SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was called in when the snake was found, according to a report by the BBC. The charity staff managed to persuade the snake into a box before transferring it to their animal rescue centre in Cardonald.
A senior inspector for the charity is quoted as saying:"We have had the snake examined by a vet and, although we can't be 100% certain, we believe he is of the Dryadophis family, which are commonly referred to as American smooth-scaled racers." The snake has been named 'Furtivo' which means sneaky in Spanish.
Scottish television channel STV reports that the snake is a juvenile, measures 18 inches and had been found under a row of seats in the main cabin area of the plane.
The Scottish SPCA website says that the staff at Glasgow airport were "remarkably calm" when they found the snake. Senior Inspector Linton said that racers are not poisonous but they can bite. He described 'Furtivo' as "feisty". He said:
"I can only imagine that Furtivo managed to sneak his way onto the plane while it was waiting to take off in Cancun, although it is also possible he has hitched a lift in someone's hand luggage."
The snake will stay at the centre until a suitable home can be found for him. This is not the first time the Scottish SPCA has been called in to remove unusual animals from the airport with spiders, scorpions and giant snails just some of the creatures that have been found on planes.