Snakes on a plane
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In case anyone wants me to bring back a snake as a souveneir...
Real Snakes, Real Planes:
The Samuel L. Jackson horror flick Snakes on a Plane has taken in more than $20 million at the box office since it opened Aug. 18. In the film, a drug dealer smuggles 300 snakes onto a plane that's carrying a man who plans to testify against him. What's the proper way to transport a snake on a plane?
In a box, with warning labels. According to the International Air Transport Association's Live Animals Regulations (which have been adopted by the United States), snakes should first be wrapped in a cloth sack��"if you've got a plain old garden snake, a pillowcase will do.
Venomous snakes should, if possible, be packed in rigid plastic containers, so inspectors can look inside without opening the package. You can sometimes put more than one nonvenomous snake in the same container, depending on their sizes and habits. Any snake longer than 120 centimeters needs its own bag. Same goes for cannibalistic snakes like the black-headed python and the mussurana.
The container should also be climate-controlled.
Many airlines allow dogs and cats as carry-on luggage for a fee, as long as you store them in a pet carrier. Snakes, though, aren't allowed in the cabin. You can send your slithery friend either by cargo plane or in the luggage compartment of a passenger jet. Airlines store the box in a pressurized, temperature-controlled area of the plane.
The cost of shipping an animal depends on the size, manner of transport, and distance traveled. According to Global Animal Transport, the cost of shipping a small snake via airplane starts around $250 for air freight alone, plus any pickup and handling fees.
Jaipur is in Eastern Rajasthan and has about 2 million people. I'll be here from January 29-30. It's called the pink city because the entire old city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876 and has stayed that way since. It's known mainly for its bazaars and great shopping.
In the old city are Hawa Mahala, 5-story building built so the royals could watch over the city and the City Palace which is the home to the current Maharaja. Outside the City Palace is Jantar Mantar an observatory consisting of various instruments to track the sun and Zodiac.
In the middle of a lake is Jal Mahal, also called the Water Palace.
Nearby is Amber, a pink fort-palace built on a mountainside. Amber used to be the capital of Jaipur. One of the popular ways to get to the fort is by elephant.