Living in Australia, we’ve become used to the fact that pretty much anything in our backyard has the potential to kill us. Not only do we take an extremely laid back approach to potential death, we’ve managed to market our deadly wildlife as a main selling point to tourists.
So, when one Scottish woman brought home a souvenir from her trip to Mackay, it’s safe to say she was somewhat alarmed.
Moira Boxall had been visiting family when she arrived home in Scotland to find that a spotted python had found a new home in her shoe. Speaking to the ABC, her son-in-law Paul said she suspected a snake had crawled into her room but they didn’t pay it any mind.
“She was not at all expecting to find the snake when she was unpacking a bag when she got back to Scotland,” he said.
“We searched the room and there was no snake. However, it turns out there was a snake, as it had gone and hidden in her shoe.”
“She had woken up a few days before she left and thought she had seen a snake in her room and woke me up at 3:00 in the morning to check.”
When she went to unpack her back she found what she thought was a toy snake, after a bit of a poke she determined this snake was very much alive.
“She called us here in Australia and we phoned the Scottish RSPCA and told them that there was a snake in the house,” Mr Airlie said.
“We had to tell them it was from Australia and that it could have been a venomous snake.
“Luckily we found out it was a spotted python so it was fine — it could have been worse.”
The snake is currently in quarantine and could soon find a new home at Glasgow Zoo.
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