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Small venomous snake captured at Hickam

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) - A small, mildly venomous snake has been captured at Hickam Air Force Base.

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture says its inspectors now have the foot-long snake, which was captured Thursday afternoon in a maintenance bay near the airfield.

The snake has been identified as a juvenile ornate tree snake, which is mildly venomous. Ornate tree snakes are related to the brown tree snake, which has had devastating effects on Guam's ecosystem.

It's not known how the snake got to Hawaii. The Air Force continues to search the area.

Snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to the fragile island environment. Snakes can prey on native birds and eggs.

Illegal animals can be turned in under the state's amnesty program.

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