Snake Found On Shinkansen Bullet Train

Snake found on Shinkansen bullet trainA bullet train in central Japan had to make an emergency stop after a passenger found a snake in one of the cars.
The Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hiroshima made the unscheduled stop at Hamamatsu station in Shizuoka Prefecture on Monday.

Police called to the train were able to catch the snake. There were no injuries.

They describe the snake as brown and about 30 centimeters long. Experts say that judging from its appearance, it's a young ratsnake, a non-venomous species native to Japan.

The train operator, Central Japan Railway, says a passenger found the snake winding itself around the armrest of a seat.

The operator says the bullet train resumed service several minutes later. The incident caused no delays to other trains.