Snakes on a train? Snake caught on Yi­lan train

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHEN WEN- WEI

A snake was found on a train that 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.

The snake 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.

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.


A snake is seen in this pho­to­graph taken yesterday on a Tze-Chi­ang Lim­ited Ex­press. The con­duc­tor cap­tured it when the train was head­ing to Hualien from Beipu.

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