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Stowaway slithers on to Glasgow flight

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Scottish airport staff got a slithery surprise when they stumbled on a Mexican serpent stowaway under a seat.

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A yellow pit viper snake drinks water droplets on a flower at the Dhupguri snake park, about 75 km (47 miles) from the northeastern Indian city of Siliguri, May 3, 2007. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA)

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-centimeter) snake Tuesday under seats in the passenger cabin of a flight from Cancun, Mexico.

It says the young snake was taken to its Glasgow animal center, and has been named Furtivo, Spanish for “sneak.”

It said Friday that Furtivo, a member of the Dryadophis family of snakes, was non-venomous but “feisty.” The snake may have snuck onto the plane before take-off, 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. - Sapa-AP

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