A live snake was captured Monday at Pier 32 at Honolulu Harbor near newly arrived vehicles on the dock.
Plant quarantine inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture picked up the snake at 11:45 a.m. Monday after a car dealership employee reported the snake which had already been captured and was in custody of Harbor Police.
The snake measured about one foot long and about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter, and has been identified as western terrestrial garter snake. It is being safeguarded at Plant Quarantine Branch.
The initial report indicates the snake was found on Monday under a vehicle which arrived at the dock on Friday, June 8th from California.
Inspectors conducted a thorough search of the vehicle and other vehicles in the surrounding the area and no other evidence of snakes were found.
Last week, a five-foot-long ball python was found by county workers in Hilo near the South Hilo sanitary landfill. The python is also being held at the Plant Quarantine Branch in Honolulu. Both snakes will be used for educational purposes until arrangements can be made to ship them out of Hawaii.
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.
Anyone who spots an illegal animal or knows of someone with an illegal animal should call the State’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 642-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.