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Live boa constrictor found in newly-arrived shipping container

(Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Agriculture) (Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Agriculture)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Cargo workers at a Honolulu Harbor shipping company discovered a live three-foot snake while unloading a container full of househod goods during normal business operations on Thursday.

Authorities say the snake was identified as a boa constrictor, a non-venomous species native to Central and South America.

The state agriculture department says the snake was spotted my company employees as they were unloading a pallet that had arrived from California. They were able to capture and hold the snake until state agricultural inspectors arrived. 

A department spokersperson says the animal will be used "for training and educational purposes" until it can be relocated to the U.S. mainland.

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