I nearly walked past it as it was half way through the gate and appeared to have 'frozen' as I approached. Like you, I am not a snake person, but this was so (dare I say it) delicate and attractive I wanted to save it. It's still around, unless them next door have eaten it.
My full frame camera decided it was going to eat it's own shutter just as I got on the aircraft at Heathrow. I spent part of the first day looking for a second hand camera shop in Tokyo which is harder than you'd think, you can buy new cameras all over the place but it seemed harder to find a second hand shop.