Australia Man Escorted Off Train After Boarding With Snake on His Head

A rail network operator in Australia has stressed that customers could face fines of over $170 for bringing prohibited items onto public transport, after one man was recently captured on CCTV boarding a train with a snake on his head.

The individual—not identified by name—reportedly alarmed his fellow travelers after entering a carriage at Morayfield station, near Brisbane, wearing the reptile.

Witnesses backed away from the scene to alert Queensland Rail security and the man was later escorted from the train by several police officers, according to 7News, which obtained and published surveillance footage from the rail company this week.

According to 7News, the snake appeared to be a "small python."

It was not immediately clear when the snake incident occurred, and the CCTV images did not show time-stamps. Queensland Rail did not say if the snake on the man's head was alive or dead. Its media team has been contacted for comment.

Executives from the government-owned operator said in a media release that several customers were "quickly apprehended" recently after using its services while traveling with rule-breaking items, including a reptile, a knife and a samurai sword.

Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said such incidents are thankfully rare, but warned they will not be tolerated if encountered by enforcement officers.

"It is every person's right to feel safe and comfortable while using Queensland Rail's services," the boss added. "We make no apologies for cracking down on the few people who do the wrong thing by bringing prohibited items on to the network."

Anyone who is caught bringing prohibited items onto the network could face financial penalties of up to $266 (AUD), which is currently the equivalent of $172. Depending on the severity of the case, the customer may also be left with criminal charges.

"We urge customers not to bring any sizeable objects that can't be put under a seat or in a storage area; animals, other than guide dogs, hearing dogs or other assistance animals; and not smoke or consume food, alcohol or other drinks," Easy said.

Queensland Rail staff monitor more than 12,000 CCTV cameras.

The Queensland government says there are 27 species of terrestrial snake found in the Brisbane area. The most common include the carpet python, common tree snake, keelback, yellow-faced whip snake and eastern small-eyed snake.

Officials explain in an online fact-sheet: "It can be difficult to positively identify some snakes. Never approach snakes and never assume that they are non-venomous."

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