It was nothing short of a terrifying moment for a man travelling from Florida to Hawaii as a small juvenile snake slithered out of his backpack after he arrived at his destination. As he reached a Maui vacation rental in Pukalani, the 20-year-old from Virginia put down his backpack on the floor and was in for the shock.
The snake, though, was captured immediately and the owner of the rental, thereafter, informed the visitor that snakes are illegal in Hawaii. Maui police was made aware soon after following which officials contacted a doctor and the snake was detained the same night. The reptile was delivered to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA).
As per a press release made availableby HDOA, the snake has been identified as a non-venomous southern black racer. It is a newborn reptile, about a foot long and brown in colour. Such snakes are generally found in Florida and consume frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents and birds.
It appears that the snake secretly crept into the man’s bag and he certainly wasn’t transporting it to Hawaii, HDOA inspectors were made aware from their interview with him.
“It is fortunate that the owner of the rental was aware of the seriousness of the snake being transported to Hawaii and took appropriate action and reported it,” Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, said as per the press release.