By Lauren Fruen
Bus passengers had to flee when they found out they were travelling with one unwanted commuter – a two-foot long snake.
The python – nicknamed Rumplesnakeskin – was discovered by commuters on a seat during the rush hour.
The bus was quickly pulled over, cleared of passengers and the snake was taken into an animal rescue home in Santa Clara, Los Angeles.
After no one came forward to claim him the young non-venomous Ball Python was moved to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.
Spokesman for the chariy, Buffy Martin Tarbox, said: “No one is quite certain how the snake ended up on the bus, but we are grateful someone spotted him and he was safely removed from the bus.
“Rumplesnakeskin is a very friendly snake and likes to be held.”
Heather Beck who lives in San Mateo, CA has now adopted the well travelled snake.
Her 12-year-old daughter Brianna already has three snakes and absolutely loves reptiles.
Heather said: “When we saw him on the news, we knew he was perfect for our family. He’s so sweet and gentle and he will be a very much loved member of our family.”
Rumplesnakeskin’s new family will also include two dogs and a cat, all rescues.