Staff at a post office in South Africa ran for their lives when they emptied a snake came slithering out of a mail bag they were emptying.
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, near 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," said Branch Manager Mthobisi Duba.
A local park official collected the white python and the three other smaller snakes still in the parcel. The parks board is taking care of the reptiles.
The parcel"s intended recipient was charged with the illegal transport of animals, according to South Africa"s post service.