Snake spurs evacuation of Hong Kong commuter train

An Island Line MTR train was evacuated in Hong Kong when a snake was spotted in a passenger car Monday morning. Photo by LN9267/Wikimedia Commons

June 17 (UPI) -- Commuters were evacuated from a Hong Kong train during rush hour Monday morning when a snake measuring more than a foot long was spotted on board.

Police said the Island Line MTR train was evacuated at Admiralty station at 7:37 a.m. Monday when passengers spotted the snake slithering loose through a train car.

The passengers were boarded onto a replacement train and MTR employees were able to capture the serpent in a cardboard box.

The snake was carted away by police and a snake catcher later identified the reptile as a California king snake, a non-venomous species native to the United States.

Police said the snake will be taken to Kadoorie Farm for care.