Garter Snake Turns Up in Hawaii

A garter snake turned up in a vacation condominium in Kona, Hawaii last week; from the photos it looks like a Plains Garter Snake. It may have hitched a ride in the vacationing family’s luggage. It will be held in Honolulu and used for educational purposes before being shipped back to the continental United States. Hawaii has no native snakes (except perhaps the Yellow-bellied Sea Snake); to protect native wildlife, it’s illegal to bring snakes into the state; even so, about a hundred snakes have been confiscated in Hawaii since 2000.