From The Daily Yomiuri:
A red-and-black snake about one meter long was found Monday on a Shinkansen train running between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto stations on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, police said.
A conductor found the snake on a seat in the No. 3 car of the Kodama No. 642 train at about 9 a.m. Monday. The train originated in Shin-Osaka and was bound for Tokyo.
The conductor asked the sole passenger in the car to evacuate to another coach and closed doors to confine the snake. Staff from the prefectural Animal Shelter in Konan, Shiga Prefecture, captured the snake and turned it over to local police. No one was injured.
The snake is believed to be a Honduran milk snake, according to the Japan Snake Institute in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. The species is not poisonous and is often imported to Japan as pets. Dogs and cats can travel on Shinkansen trains for an additional charge, but snakes are prohibited.
What this article doesn’t address however, is how the snake got there in the first place? And was it intentional? Obviously, who ever brought the snake on board didn’t intend on harming anyone, but still…weird.
Anyways, here’s a video that provides some pictures of the snake: