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Live snake found on Oahu

November 6, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Agriculture said a live snake was found on a sidewalk in Honolulu's Chinatown.

A pedestrian found the snake Tuesday morning on a sidewalk in front of an apartment complex. The snake was turned over to police, which notified the agriculture department.

Agriculture inspectors were dispatched to pick up the snake, which officials identified as a nonvenomous rainbow boa constrictor. It is 2 1/2 feet long.

Snakes are illegal in Hawaii because they have no natural predators in the islands and can wreak havoc on the state's environment.

The state's amnesty program allows illegal animals to be turned in with immunity from prosecution.



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