7 foot python seized from Ewa Beach home

Delvin Honda holds the seven-foot albino Burmese python.
Delvin Honda holds the seven-foot albino Burmese python.

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's starting to look like a zoo out there. Another snake has been found on Oahu.  It's the fourth illegal animal found in less than two weeks and more tips keep rolling in.

The seven foot albino Burmese python was a family pet in Ewa Beach.  The python's owner was surprised when a Honolulu Police officer showed up at his door asking for the snake and while sad he willingly handed it over.

The owners say it's at least 8 years old because the daughter played with it when she was just six years old. Now she's 14.  The snake is not rare on the mainland but it is illegal here in Hawaii.  It's punishable by up to a $200,000 fine and three years in prison.  Even though the snake owners were ratted out they will not face those penalties.

"He was told basically that this is the amnesty program and either you give it to us under amnesty or we'll have to come in with a search warrant and investigate," said Sgt. Kim Buffett, Honolulu CrimeStoppers.  "We're not looking to get anyone in trouble we're just trying to keep the community safe.  Can you imagine a snake running out there?  You have children you have animals families in the community and you don't know if it's a poisonous snake and if it was how dangerous would that be."

The person that called in the tip will get the $1,000 reward and they hope others will be enticed to report other illegal animals.

Above all they urge people not to release them into the wild.

"We don't turn away any animals for any reason.  We're open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and being amnesty drop off point people can turn them in no questions asked," said Keoni Vaughn, Hawaiian Humane Society Director of Operations.

Just last week two illegal bearded dragons were turned in by a teenager on the Big Island.  And over the weekend two hunters found this 9 foot boa constrictor near Waiawa.  The state is still searching the area to see if it had any babies.

Late this afternoon there were more tips about two more boa constrictors on the Big Island and an iguana in Nuuanu.  Authorities are checking those locations looking for the animals.

As for the albino Burmese python, the state Department of Agriculture says since it's a male and cannot reproduce there is a good chance the Honolulu Zoo will take it.  Considering how much attention it got at the Hawaiian Humane Society Shelter it could be a popular new attraction.

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