Snakes found at Waikiki-Kapahulu LibraryUPDATED 7:39 PM HST May 30, 2014Video Transcript
but he was released... Hollywood brought us Snakes on a Plane, but how about snakes in bottles? That was the alarming find this morning at the Waikiki- Kapahulu Library. KITV4's Andrew Pereira chased the story and brings us the latest developments. :03-07 :31-35 1:08-1:12 Inspectors with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's Plant Quarantine Branch didn't have to search very long to find the snakes in question... "SEARCHING DUMPSTER" That's because the reptiles had no chance of slithering away. PLANT QUARANTINE INSPECTOR: "A SEAHORSE IN HERE. A GECKO... THAT'S A GECKO AND A SEAHORSE." Three of the four bottles contained once-deadly cobras. A security guard called authorities after a custodian found the bottles inside the library's dumpster Friday morning. POURAN MALEKKAZERONI AN: "AS SOON AS SHE TOLD ME I FIGURED OUT THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG BECAUSE I KNOW A SNAKE IS ILLEGAL IN HAWAII NO MATTER WHAT." The labeling quickly told us these bottles are known as snake wine and came from Vietnam. The eccentric cocktail is supposed to help all sorts of ailments, from rheumatism to hair loss. The bottles were definitely an attention-grabber at the library. POURAN MALEKKAZERONI AN: "I NEVER SAW A SNAKE IN HAWAII IN MY LIFE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I SEE ALL THESE TYPE OF SNAKES, BUT SO SCARY AND I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANY OF THEM AT ALL." However the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Department of Health have no rules governing snake wine, since the reptiles are dead. KENT DUMLAW: "I DON'T KNOW, PEOPLE JUST BRING THEM IN, THEY SMUGGLE THEM IN. THERE MUST BE SOME LIKE REGULATION THAT... FOREIGN ARRIVAL OR SOMETHING." According to a 2009 report by CNN, importing cobras into the U.S. is illegal, even dead ones. That's because cobras are covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. For the time being... These snakes in a jar will be snakes in a trunk... "TRUNK SLAMS SHUT" Andrew Pereira, KITV4 News.