Hawaii reports another snake _ 5th in recent weeks

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Posted: Jul 23, 2011 12:07 AM
Hawaii reports another snake _ 5th in recent weeks

The state says a ball python has been turned in to authorities on Oahu.

The Department of Agriculture said Friday it's the fifth snake that has been captured or turned in since late June in Hawaii. The snake's owner, a Whitmore Village resident, turned it in under the state's amnesty program for people holding illegal animals.

Snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii's environment. Many snake species prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to Hawaii's endangered native birds.

According to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology website, ball pythons are found in grasslands and forests of West and Central Africa.

The state's amnesty program provides those who turn in illegal animals immunity from prosecution.

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