Real live snakes on an actual plane - Missing snakes on plane ground Qantas flight
Apparently twelve baby pythons were packed and shipped on the flight, but only eight were still in the container when they landed.
But I think this quote from the article is even more disturbing than lost snakes.
"Our people called in a reptile expert and there was a suggestion that some of the baby pythons had eaten the other pythons because apparently it is not uncommon for baby pythons to eat each other"They eat each other? It's the stuff of nightmares.
The remaining pythons were weighed to see if they had eaten a heavier snack than peanuts on the flight, but they hadn't.
In the end, they decided to take the plane out of service (thank goodness) and fumigate it.
So there may be snakes on the plane, but at least they are dead. Which is at least marginally better.