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.