5-foot-long ball python discovered near Hilo landfill

5-foot-long ball python discovered near Hilo landfill
Ball pythons are non-venomous, killing prey by suffocating them. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Ball pythons are non-venomous, killing prey by suffocating them. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 5-foot-long ball python was captured in Hilo over the weekend, the state Department of Agriculture said.

County workers discovered the snake, which is non-venomous, next to the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill.

The snake is now being transported to the state's plant quarantine branch in Honolulu.

Ball pythons, which can grow up to 6 feet long, are native to west and west-central Africa.

They're known to coil around prey, causing death by suffocation. Their diet usually consists of small mammals and birds.

Snakes do not have any natural predators in Hawaii but pose a serious threat to the environment.

Large snakes can also be a danger to the public and small pets, officials say.

Anyone who discovers illegal animals should call the PEST hotline at (808) 643-7378.

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