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Motorist kills 5-foot boa constrictor on Pali Highway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:49 a.m. HST, Oct 01, 2013

A motorist apparently ran over and killed a 5-foot long boa constrictor on the Pali Highway near the entrance to the Nuuanu Reservoir on Sept. 22, according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

According to a release issued by the department Monday, the motorist was traveling town-bound on the Pali Highway near the entrance to the Nuuanu Reservoir at about 5 p.m. when he ran over the snake. He pulled over, picked it up and took it to a relative's home. The motorist contacted HDOA the next day, and Plant Quarantine inspectors took possession of the snake.  

Several inspectors searched the area where it was found, but did not find evidence of any other snakes.

In the news release, Russell S. Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, said: "Any snake found in the wild in Hawaii is of serious concern." He added, "Boa constrictors may grow up to 12 feet, which is particularly troubling for nearby residents and for the environment."

Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii and HDOA urges those who spot illegal animals or who know of persons possessing illegal animals to call the state's PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST(7378).  

Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii's environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to our endangered native birds. 

The state's Amnesty Program allows illegal animals to be turned in and provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo, Panaewa Zoo in Hilo or any Humane Society  no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized. 

The maximum penalty under state law for possessing and/or transporting illegal animals, a class C felony, is a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

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Big C wrote:
People, correction, idiots, will still bring in illegal pets since the State of Hawaii does not penalize the culprits when they are caught. Maybe they should offer a $50 gift card to informers for turning in individuals that own such illegal pets.
on September 30,2013 | 05:28PM
Hawaiians wrote:
We don't want snakes in Hawaii!
on September 30,2013 | 07:33PM
Mypualani wrote:
too late !!!
on September 30,2013 | 09:07PM
st1d wrote:
wonder if he ran it over at the relative's home, waited to see if it was still alive, and then turned it in when it died. pali is busy around 5 pm with no where to pull over to inspect something in the road. other people would have seen it.
on September 30,2013 | 07:38PM
joshislost wrote:
i was thinking the same thing. kinda sketchy story
on September 30,2013 | 07:48PM
BigdogMD wrote:
If I come across a snake say, in my backyard, can I then shoot it to protect my kids and the children in the neighborhood? I could call HDOA, but by the the time they respond, the snake could be anywhere. Anyone know the legalities? I live in Pauoa, which is right next to the Pali highway.
on September 30,2013 | 07:57PM
Bothrops wrote:
a shovel works, firearms are a big difficult unless it's a shotgun. Machete, hammer, fence post driver, flame-thrower, large stone dropped on head. Hawaii doesn't need snakes. Small kids and dogs will thank you.
on September 30,2013 | 08:16PM
BigdogMD wrote:
Don't have a shovel but I do have a Remington 870 12 gauge.
on September 30,2013 | 08:25PM
st1d wrote:
you should use a tool or something that is out there near you. running inside to get a weapon gives the snake time to escape. if you must grab the shotgun, unload it, make it safe, use it as a club.
on September 30,2013 | 08:42PM
mokebla wrote:
What! Shoot it! Out of site, out of mind.
on October 1,2013 | 07:59AM
false wrote:
Also good for home invasions. LOL
on October 1,2013 | 10:18AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Like Bothrops says, something heavy like a shovel, machete is great, large stone. But not a flame-thrower, what if you light it on fire but it doesn't die right away and slithers away, on-fire, into trees? Then brush fire!
on October 1,2013 | 12:00PM
Bothrops wrote:
Good driving,thank you.
on September 30,2013 | 08:14PM
kailua1980 wrote:
I think the average snake can get away from most people with a shovel, but I cannot imagine a snake getting away from me and my 870. I don't even have to be close at all with a couple of rounds of #8. As for the guy running it over with a car then picking it up and taking it to Uncle Ben's house...RIGHT! In fact I ALWAYS pick up road-kill and take it to my relatives. It just makes me sad that a wonderful animal had to die when it outgrew it's owners...
on September 30,2013 | 08:50PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
If you discharge a firearm in a residential area....you may be charged with reckless endangerment so use common sense...
on September 30,2013 | 10:34PM
mokebla wrote:
Only if you miss, I don't.
on October 1,2013 | 08:00AM
First-Responder wrote:
Let's see. A guy on the big island runs over a bozo laying on the highway and gets charged with manslaughter. Another man runs over a harmful snake and nothing happens. Uhm...
on September 30,2013 | 08:52PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Was the snake's name "Allie"?
on September 30,2013 | 10:06PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Ha ha....good one!.....
on September 30,2013 | 10:27PM
mokebla wrote:
on October 1,2013 | 08:01AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
on October 1,2013 | 10:55AM
Once upon a time, Hawaii was "PURE". We could go hiking, camping, etc., but now we have "IDIOTS, MORONS, IMBECILES" bringing in all of these unwanted PETS. What's with these people? And they want to take away our weapon! Now we need to protect ourselves from these animals. This isn't paradise anymore, it's horridise.
on September 30,2013 | 10:06PM
clum56 wrote:
How did that get into our beautiful state. I'm glad to hear that this one was killed, hopefully no others are in the area to threaten our beautiful aina.
on October 1,2013 | 02:36AM
mokebla wrote:
Only a mainlander would do that, maybe allie cousin. :-O!
on October 1,2013 | 08:02AM
Mythman wrote:
OMG, this is highly potentially dangerous as an indicator of what else is out there, What;s the plan, state?
on October 1,2013 | 03:36AM
harley1 wrote:
no plan, just like the mol a s s es, S.O.S.
on October 1,2013 | 05:20AM
Cricket_Amos wrote:
"Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized. " So what do they do with them? Do we now have a state supported retirement home for snakes?
on October 1,2013 | 06:07AM
mokebla wrote:
Makes good sushi!
on October 1,2013 | 08:03AM
DABLACK wrote:
Taste like chicken ???? What happens if a snake kills a child ? Who will be held accountable ??
on October 1,2013 | 06:36AM
mokebla wrote:
To much aloha for amnesty, ignorance of the law is no excuse. People needs to get convicted and fined and put on display to get the message across period. Everyone knows the law, when you catch the plane over they are informed of the law. People see it on the news and hear about, no excuse! The state is crying about no money, this is a cash cow getting away.
on October 1,2013 | 07:56AM
medigogo wrote:
Right. I've never heard anyone got fined for doing that. With all the cases in recent years, it seems the amnesty just won't work. People think they can always get away from it.
on October 1,2013 | 09:20AM
false wrote:
You're right but those knuckleheads who bring in snakes etc. who fear conviction will just simply let them go in the wild. Maybe a reward for tuning someone in may be one option. Then the conviction.
on October 1,2013 | 10:22AM
hawaiiatty wrote:
Dear Reporter: Please find out if the snake was a female. If so, there could be a nest of eggs somewhere.
on October 1,2013 | 10:04AM
cojef wrote:
No info on whether the sex of the boa was male or female? It sure makes a difference in that a clutch of eggs may be laying out there ready to hatch. Could me male boa on the prowl for a mate. No luck unless there is a female on the loose. Suppose there were a pair and this someone let them go after mating? All kinds of possibilitiesand and chaos.
on October 1,2013 | 10:06AM
false wrote:
That would be terrible to put it mildly.
on October 1,2013 | 10:23AM
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