UK bus passenger uses live snake as face mask

A bus passenger in the United Kingdom was spotted with a large reptile wrapped around his head as a face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The man was taking a bus to Manchester, England when he was seen with the animal draped around his neck and mouth.

A traveler who witnessed the incident told reporters that she initially believed the snake was “a really funky mask” until it started slithering around the handrails.

Wearing a face covering on all public transportation is mandatory in the UK, except for those who are exempt for reasons of age, health, or disability.

Transport spokesperson for Greater Manchester said passengers are expected to follow government guidance on wearing face coverings on public transportation during the coronavirus pandemic, unless they are exempt.

“This needn’t be a surgical mask … passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana,” the representative said in a statement.

“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin — especially when still attached to the snake.”