Snakes on a train? Snake caught on train in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A snake was found on a train as it was passing through eastern Yilan County yesterday morning, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday.

A passenger found a 30-centimeter-long snake on the Tze-Chiang Limited Express No. 208 around 10 a.m. as the train was traveling southbound to Hualien, according to the TRA.

It was crawling in the aisle near a men's restroom, the TRA said.

The conductor of the train immediately informed Yilan train station to report the incident to the local fire department and the department sent fire fighters to catch the snake, it said.

The fire fighters, however, were unable to locate the snake after 10 minutes of searching. The conductor, therefore, decided to seal the restroom temporarily.

The conductor later found the snake when the train was about to arrive at Hualian station from Beipu.

The conductor caught the snake himself and gave it to Hualian fire department for subsequent handling, it said.

A fire marshal from the department, surnamed Lee, told local media that the snake is of a non-poisonous species, the Lycodon ruhstrati, known in Taiwan as the White Plum Blossom Snake.

Since the snake was quite small, the TRA suspected that it could have been brought onto the train by a passenger. No one was injured during the incident.

According to railroad regulations, people who bring animals into stations or onto carriages without permission or fail to follow the rules of the railway administration, can be fined up to NT$7,500 (S$325).

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