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Snake Found at Matson Shipyard

This snake was found at the Matson terminal in Honolulu This snake was found at the Matson terminal in Honolulu

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A snake was captured on June 13th at Matson Navigation Company's container yard.  A Matson employee captured the snake and turned it over to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

The snake measures about three-and-a-half feet.  It was identified as a non-venomous gopher snake.  Officials are not sure how or when the snake arrived on the island. 

Snakes are illegal in Hawaii.  Officials say snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii's environment.

The gopher snake is native to the desert regions of the American southwest. It is usally three to eight feet in length and feeds on rodents, lizards and small birds. Its predators are hawks, coyotes and foxes.

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