A Dozen Illegal Animals Turned In in Two Weeks

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in 2011 News Releases, News Releases

NR11-13 – July 18, 2011

HONOLULU – Twelve illegal animals have been turned in to the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) between June 29th and July 13th.

One snake was caught in the wild on O`ahu; while three other snakes, two from Hilo and one from O`ahu, were turned in under the State’s Amnesty law.  In addition, eight illegal lizards were turned in, including three bearded dragons (two from Kona and one from O`ahu), one blue-tongued skink, one tegu lizard, one iguana and two leopard geckos (all from O`ahu).  Some of the incidents were prompted by the Honolulu Police Department’s Crimestoppers program which offers rewards for tips on illegal animals. (Full list of animals attached)

Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawai`i and pose a serious threat to Hawai`’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat.  Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to our endangered native birds.  Large snakes may also kill pets and even humans.

Individuals who have illegal animals are encouraged to turn them in under the State’s amnesty program, which provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo, Panaewa Zoo in Hilo or any Humane Society – no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized and will be sent to a reptile facility on the mainland.

The maximum penalty under State law for possessing and/or transporting illegal animals is a class C felony, $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison. Anyone with information on illegal animals should call the PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378) or CrimeStoppers on your island.

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Quantity Date Captured or turned in Organism Size Scientific name Island Species orgin Remarks
1 6/29/2011 Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink (lizard) 17.5 inches in length Tiliqua scincoides Oahu Australia CrimeStoppers tip
1 6/29/2011

 

Bearded Dragon (lizard)

14 inches in length Pogona spp. Oahu Australia CrimeStoppers tip
1 7/4/2011 Boa Constrictor (snake)

 

9 feet  3 inches in length

Boa Constrictor  Waiawa, Oahu South and Central America Captured in the wild, taken to Honolulu Zoo
2 7/5/2011 Bearded Dragon (lizard)     Baby Bearded Dragon 14.25 inches in length    11inches in length      Pogona spp. Kona Australia

 

Amnesty Turn In Referred by Three Ring Ranch to Kona Plant Quarantine

1 7/5/2011 Tegu Lizard 4 feet, 5 inches in length Tupinambis teguixin Oahu South America

 

Turned in under Amnesty to Honolulu Zoo

1 7/8/2011

 

Albino Burmese Python (snake)

7.5 feet in length Python molurus  Oahu South East Asia CrimeStoppers tip
1 7/10/2011 Baby Iguana (lizard) 15 inches in length Iguana iguana Oahu South and Central America

 

Turned in under Amnesty to Humane Society 

2 7/10/2011 Leopard Geckos              with 2 eggs

 

8 inches in length             8 inches in length

Eublepharis macularius Oahu Afghanistan, Pakistan Turned in under Amnesty to Humane Society 
1 7/13/2011 Albino Burmese Python (snake) 8 feet, 8 inches in length Python molurus  Hilo South East Asia Turned in under Amnesty to Hilo Plant Quarantine. Probable CrimeStoppers tip
1 7/13/2011 Boa Constrictor (snake) 5 feet, 9 inches in length Boa Constrictor  Hilo South and Central America

 

Turned in under Amnesty to Hilo Plant Quarantine. Probable CrimeStoppers tip