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Snake stops Japan bullet train

A Japanese bullet train was forced to make an emergency stop on Monday after a snake was found slithering between the seats, local media reported.

A passenger spotted the 30-centimeter serpent poking between a gap in the seats, prompting the train, travelling between Tokyo and Hiroshima to stop and allow police to capture the slippery stowaway.

Despite its menacing appearance, the brown snake was not believed to be poisonous and no injuries were reported, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, speculating that the reptile could be a juvenile rat snake.

Japan’s bullet trains are famous for their punctuality and the Nozomi 103 service was no exception, arriving in Hiroshima right on time despite the reptilian intrusion. (AFP)