Clerks at a post office in South Africa fled for safety when they emptied a mail bag and a snake came slithering out.
The one metre non-venomous white python was one of four sent this week in an express parcel that arrived at the Sabie Post Office, northeast of Johannesburg.
Sabie branch manager Mthobisi Duba said the sorting room employees were out of the door as soon as the snake hit the floor.
This was the most traumatic experience ever in the post office, Duba said in a statement.
An official from the local parks board collected the white python and the three other smaller snakes still in the parcel. The parks board is taking care of the reptiles.
The receiver of the parcel was charged with the illegal transport of animals, South Africa’s post service said.