Pedestrian finds live snake on Chinatown sidewalk

Pedestrian finds live snake on Chinatown sidewalk

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A pedestrian found a live snake on a Chinatown sidewalk at about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and turned it in to police.

Police notified the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and inspectors were immediately dispatched to pick up the two-and-a-half foot long snake, which was later identified as a non-venomous rainbow boa constrictor.

The snake was found on the sidewalk on Nuuanu Ave. fronting the Kukui Plaza condominium.

Rainbow boas are native to Central and South America and can grow up to six feet in length. In the wild, their diet consists of rodents, birds, lizards and possible aquatic animals.

Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii. The 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).

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