A python hitched a ride in Moira Boxall’s luggage and lived in her home for three weeks before being captured.
The python, which is not venomous but can give a nasty bite, was found inside a slip-on shoe belonging to Moira, 72, who was returning home from visiting her son in Queensland – more than 10,000 miles away.
Flying from Mackay to Glasgow – via Brisbane and Dubai – Moira and her slithering stowaway travelled 11,708 miles door to door.
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Moira said she initially spotted the snake after it made a loud noise in the middle of the night and woke her up.
The retired building society worker said: “Three weeks ago I was woken up in the middle of the night with a crash in my bedroom. “
I saw a snake on the floor slithering along by a skirting board, it had knocked a plant pot over.”
“I saw a snake on the floor slithering along by a skirting board, it had knocked a plant pot over”
Moira left the room to alert her daughter and son-in-law, but when she returned to her room there sneaky snake was gone.
She said: “It must have moved after I left the room.
“My son-in-law thought I had been dreaming…
Mira called pest control, but no no aail: “I had a snake catcher in the next morning and ransacked my room, but found nothing.
“He thought it might have escaped because they can get out of small places.”
Moira didn’t see any sign of the reptile for weeks – until she picked up a pair of shoes she had taken with her on holiday to Oz and the elusive creature reappeared.
The roaming reptile was identified as a spotted python, a species which can grow up to about 100–140 centimetres (39–55 in) in length.
They usually eat rats, mice and small bats and are a popular choice for pet owners.