A 2.5-foot ball python was found Monday in the garage of a Pearl City home on Kaweloka St.
Honolulu police captured the non-venomous snake and it’s now at the state Department of Agriculture’s quarantine branch. Ball pythons are a popular pet on the mainland, and they can get up to 6-feet long.
All snakes are illegal in Hawaii because they have no natural predators and pose a threat to the environment.
Under an amnesty program, illegal snakes and other animals that aren’t allowed in Hawaii, can be turned in in to any HDOA Office, the Honolulu Zoo or any Humane Society.
Anyone having illegal animals may be charged with a class C felony and subject to fines up to $200,000 and three years in prison. Anyone with information on illegal animals should call the state’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).