Stowaway snake found under plane seat
Mexican serpent is named Furtivo after being found by Glasgow airport staff under seats of flight from Cancún
The Guardian, Friday 26 October 2012 14.49 EDT
Furtivo, the Mexican snake found on a plane at Glasgow airport
Furtivo, the Mexican snake found on a plane at Glasgow airport. Photograph: Scottish SPCA/PA
Scottish airport staff got a surprise when they stumbled on a Mexican serpent stowaway under a seat.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says quick-thinking workers at Glasgow airport remained “remarkably calm” when they discovered the 18-inch (45-centimetre) snake on Tuesday under seats in the passenger cabin of a flight from Cancún.
The society says the young snake was taken to its Glasgow animal centre, and named Furtivo, Spanish for “sneak”.
Furtivo, a member of the Dryadophis family of snakes, is apparently not venomous but “feisty”.
The snake may have sneaked on to the plane before takeoff, or hitched a ride in a passenger’s hand luggage.
The society says Furtivo will remain in its care until an expert home can be found.