Authorities caught a snake in Nuuanu Thursday evening.
Residents who live on Old Pali Road discovered the snake outside their home at around 7 p.m.
Brian Sakamaki spotted the snake, which is six-and-a-half-feet long, just a few feet away from the front door.
“I got closer and when I realized it was a snake, I backed up because I thought it might spit at me or lunge at me. Then I started stamping my feet to frighten it and try to chase it away,” he said. “I started yelling at it, and finally it just turned its head and started slithering away.”
KHON2 was there when police sealed the snake in a trash bin and transferred it to the Department of Agriculture.
State officials said it’s a boa constrictor, which is non-venomous. “We’ll probably send it to the mainland eventually, like we did with the rest of the snakes,” said Keevin Minami with the Department of Agriculture.
“It’s hard to recall what the emotion was, just relief that someone came and took it away,” Sakamaki said. “It’s going to make me wonder what else is running around in all these bushes.”
We stopped by Friday to get a closer look at the snake. Officials told us they believe the boa constrictor may have been someone’s pet that managed to get loose.
“I’m pretty sure it escaped. It’s not very feisty. It’s pretty docile and easy to handle,” Minami said. “The boa constrictor comes from South America and it is one of those favorites in the pet trade. They do get quite large.”
Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii and the Agriculture Department urges those who spot illegal animals or who know of persons possessing illegal animals to call the state’s pest hotline at 643-PEST(7378).
Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’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 Hawaii’s endangered native birds. Large snakes may also kill pets and even humans.
In September 2015, a ball python got into a Pearl City home.
A resident found the two-and-a-half-foot-long snake in her garage under a car.
A few weeks ago, the Agriculture Department opened an investigation after a photo of a snake was supposedly taken on nearby Nuuanu Pali Drive.
The Attorney General’s office is now investigating the origin of that photo, which Instagram tagged as being uploaded by another individual prior to the time the report claimed it was taken.
The snake captured Thursday is not the same type of snake that appears in that photo.