No Snakes In Hawaii, Except For The 2 Found Since September
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On Tuesday morning, a pedestrian in Honolulu's Chinatown came across a snake in the sidewalk.
Now it'd be surprising enough to stumble upon a two-and-a-half foot non-venomous rainbow boa constrictor at 7 a.m., but in Hawaii it's downright shocking.
That's because, technically, Hawaii doesn't have any snakes. Not only because it's paradise, but because, as Discover.com reminds us, "as an isolated archipelago, the only way for wildlife species to get to the Hawaiian Islands is to fly or swim across the Pacific Ocean."
While Hawaii is rife with invasive species, snakes are among the most dangerous. Without any natural predators, they compete with the native animal populations for food and habitat, and many snake species prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to Hawaii's many endangered native birds.
Accordingly, it's a class C felony to possess or transport snakes in Hawaii. Violators risk a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison, but the state has still col...
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