Live snake found in shipping container

HONOLULU – A live three-foot snake was found in a shipment of household goods and other cargo by workers at a Honolulu shipping company Thursday morning.

A shipping company worker spotted the snake as they were unloading a pallet from a container that arrived from California and used a stick and a bucket to capture the snake and held it until agricultural inspectors arrived. Inspectors conducted a search of the area and did not find any other snakes. Inspectors will also be on site when the rest of the freight is unloaded.

The snake has been identified as a boa constrictor and is being safeguarded at the Plant Quarantine Branch of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. It will be used for training and educational purposes until it can be relocated on the Mainland.

Boa constrictors are non-venomous and are native to Central and South America. They can grow up to 12 feet in length and have a normal diet of small mammals such as mice and rats.

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.

Snakes are illegal in Hawaii. Persons possessing illegal animals are subject to stiff penalties, including fines of up to $200,000 and up to three years in prison.


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