That’s why farm workers in central Oahu were likely surprised this week when they came across a boa constrictor.
Same goes for an assuming Waikiki tourist who found a garter snake in one of her bags on Wednesday. She turned it in to the hotel’s front desk.
From the Dept. of Ag.:
On Tuesday (7/31), a Central O`ahu farm turned in a dead boa constrictor which measured about six feet in length. Workers harvesting a field early in the morning came upon the snake and incapacitated the snake. The carcass was later turned in to HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Office.
Yesterday morning, a guest at a Waikiki hotel reportedly found a dead garter snake in a carry-on bag and turned the snake in to the front desk. The snake, which appeared to be dried and dead for a while, measured about six-inches long and was picked up by Plant Quarantine inspectors. The visitor is from Washington State and arrived in Honolulu on Monday.
Boa constrictors are non-venomous and are native to Central and South America. They may grow up to 12 feet in length and have a normal diet of small mammals such as mice and rats. Snakes have no natural predators in Hawai`i and pose a serious threat to Hawai`i’s environment. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to endangered native birds. Large snakes can also be a danger to the public and small pets. …