Hundreds of Qantas passengers were delayed for a day after a 20cm snake was found in the doorwell of the plane.
370 passengers were forced to spend the night in a hotel after the non-venomous Mandarin rat snake was discovered.
There was concern more snakes would be found on the Japan-bound Qantas flight from Sydney, Australia.
The snake was taken to quarantine and euthanized "as exotic reptiles of this kind can harbor pests and diseases not present in Australia," a spokeswoman told Guardian Australia.
The snake is an Asian species that feasts on small rodents and is usually active at dawn and dusk.
A replacement craft was organized while the original plane was fumigated.
Earlier this year a three-meter python clung to the wing of a Qantas flight from the northeast coast city of Cairns to Papua New Guinea.
It was found frozen to the wing when the plane landed.
By TravelMole UK
Monday, September 23, 2013
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