An unwanted visitor arrived at Aberdeen Harbour this week as one of the world's most venomous snakes was found a long way from home.
Thankfully, the snake in question, a green mamba, was submissive and workers managed to put the deadly reptile into a box before contacting authorities.
The snake is reported to have travelled to Scotland on the UAL Bodewes cargo ship. The boat began its journey in West Africa, but it's not clear where exactly the snake came from as it stopped at various ports on the way.
The Scottish SPCA animal welfare charity was called to the scene where rescue officers took the snake to a local centre, before it was put to sleep.
A police escort was required to take the venomous animal to the Aberdeenshire site.
SPCA chief inspector John Carle told the Evening Express: "The green mamba snake is one of the most deadly snakes in the world.
"It was picked up in Aberdeen by one of our animal rescue officers after arriving on a boat from Africa.
"Sadly the snake had to be put to sleep after our attempts to rehome it to specialist reptile keepers were unsuccessful.
"We could not keep the snake in our centre due to severe health and safety concerns, as the closest anti-venom is held in London."
A spokeswoman for the Scottish SPCA said: "Finding such a venomous snake was a rare occurrence for the agency."
The western green mamba is known to live mainly in woodland, coastal rainforest and thicket regions of western Africa.
Although bites to people are uncommon they can very rapidly be fatal.