Flapping majestically in the breeze, passengers were stunned to notice a nine-foot Amethystine python attatched to the wing of a Qantas airline as it took off from Cairns, or, to put it another way, a "motherf*****g snake," on a "motherf*****g plane."
But it wasn't a cult Samuel L Jackson movie about an unlikely terrorist plot to bring down a plane with pheromone-enraged pythons, it was an unfortunate, non-poisonous specimen, which appeared around an hour into the Qantas flight between Cairns in northern Queensland and the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby.
The snake was captured on video by passengers
While it had initially been safely tucked away, a gust of wind soon extended the cold-blooded creature, fully exposing it to the 10-degree temperatures outside.
"There was no panic," passenger Robert Weber told the Sun Herald. "At no time did anyone stop to consider that there might be others on board.''
An expert later identified the snake to the BBC as a 10-foot long scrub python, Australia's longest species of snake.
"It appears as though the snake has initially crawled up inside the landing bay, maybe housed himself in there, and then crawled into the trailing ledge flap assembly," Paul Cousins, the president of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, told the BBC.
Herpetologist David Williams at the University of Melbourne's School of Medicine's Venom Research Unit told the Herald Sun: "These occur in the Mt Whitfield area directly opposite Cairns airport and probably also in the mangroves that surround the airport."
The snake did not survive, leaving a bloody splatter on the aircraft. No need to call in Samuel L.
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