Snake Found in Pearl City Home Garage

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 in Main

Sept. 8, 2015

HONOLULU — Honolulu police captured a two-and-a-half-foot-long* snake yesterday in a garage at a Pearl City home. Residents of the Kaweloka St. home called police in the early evening and police called the Honolulu Zoo, which called an agricultural inspector. In the meantime, officers captured the snake, which was identified as a non-venomous ball python and took it to the Pearl City Substation. The snake is being safeguarded at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Plant Quarantine Branch. Inspectors are still investigating the incident.

Snakes are illegal in Hawaii. Ball pythons are common in the pet trade on the mainland. They are native to Western and West-Central Africa and are related to boas, which are also constrictors that subdue its prey by coiling around and suffocating it. Its diet usually consists of small mammals and birds. Ball pythons may grow up to six-feet in length.

Snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment.  Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to endangered native birds. Large snakes can also be a danger to the public and small pets.

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 or any Humane Society – no questions asked and no fines assessed.

Persons possessing illegal animals may be charged with a class C felony and subject to fines up to $200,000 and three years in prison.  Anyone with information on illegal animals should call the state’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).

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* the length of the snake was earlier reported to be four-feet long, however, the measurement is 2 1/2 feet long.

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Four-foot ball python