Snake stows away in car shipment from California

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For the second time this month, a live snake has been captured in Hawaii.

On Monday, Plant Quarantine inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture picked up the snake from Pier 32 at Honolulu Harbor.

Officials say the foot-long snake was found under a vehicle which arrived at the dock on Friday from California. 

It had already been captured and handed over to Harbor Police by the time inspectors arrived. 

A search of the vehicle and other vehicles in the surrounding the area found no other evidence of snakes.

Last week, a five-foot-long ball python was found by county workers in Hilo near the South Hilo Sanitary landfill. 

Both snakes are being held at the Plant Quarantine Branch in Honolulu. 

They will be used for educational purposes until arrangements can be made to ship them out of state.

Snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment and native species, especially birds. 

Anyone who spots an illegal animal or knows of someone with an illegal animal should call the State’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378). 

Individuals harboring illegal animals are encouraged to turn them in under the State’s Amnesty program by dropping them off at any Plant Quarantine Office, municipal zoo or humane society, no questions asked.

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