A farm worker caught a live snake Friday afternoon on a Kaanapali, Maui, coffee farm, the Department of Agriculture announced today.
The snake, measuring 3- to 4-feet long, was reported to the Agriculture Department on Maui and a plant quarantine inspector picked it up. It was later identified as a non-venomous ball python.
The snake was euthanized, due to its condition, the Agriculture Department said. The agency said it was not known how the snake got to the farm.
The ball python is a constrictor, which subdues its prey by coiling around and suffocating it.
These snakes originate in western and West Central Africa. They are common in the pet trade, the Agriculture Department says.
They usually feed on small mammals and birds and can grow up to 6 feet long.
Snakes can pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment, preying on native birds and their eggs, and are also dangerous to humans and small pets.
The state urges anyone who knows of illegal animals to call its toll-free pest hotline at 643-PEST (7378).