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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, a Shinkansen bullet train heads for Tokyo Station on the Tokaido Main Line in Tokyo. The countdown to the 2020 Olympics began Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, with the arrival of the Olympic flag in Tokyo from Rio de Janeiro. When Tokyo hosted the Summer Games in 1964 they were a symbol of Japan's recovery from World War II. The shinkansen bullet train began service in '64 in time for the Games and become a symbol of Japan's technological prowess. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

A Japanese bullet train made an emergency stop because of a snake stowaway


We've all heard of the movie "Snakes on a Plane" and can likely imagine how genuinely terrifying that would be, but what about snakes on a train? 

Passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train got an idea of how terrifying that can be on Monday. 

The ever-so-punctual train made an emergency stop after a female passenger looked down and caught a glimpse of a brown snake wrapped around the armrest in the seats in front of her, according to CNN

According to the train's operator, JR Tokai, the person sitting in the reserved seat didn't know the snake was wrapped around his armrest for 50 minutes, until the person behind him notified the conductor.

Experts said the snake likely snuck into someone's luggage or into maintenance equipment.

The foot-long snake was later identified as a rat snake after police spoke with officials from a nearby zoo. 

This isn't a normal occurrence either as you can't have pet snakes on trains.
Spokesperson for Japan Rail Central told CNN

Atsuo Utano, a railway spokesman said that the train crew made an announcement asking if someone lost a pet, but no one came forward to claim the snake.

The train ended up stopping at Hamamatsu station about 25 minutes later. 

Police quickly removed the snake and the train departed in about a minute. 

Utano added that the train reached its destination, Hiroshima, on time. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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