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'Flying tree snake' found at Hickam

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:59 p.m. HST, Jun 10, 2013

Military personnel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam captured a small snake Thursday afternoon in a maintenance bay near the airfield and turned it over to the state Department of Agriculture.

The foot-long snake was identified as a juvenile ornate tree snake, a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said.

Ornate tree snakes are mildly venomous and are related to the brown tree snake, which has devastated the ecosystem in Guam. They are also known as ornate flying tree snakes for their ability to spring from tree to tree.

Air Force personnel are continuing search the area where the snake was found.

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