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Old 06-06-03, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snakes in Hawaii?

Does anyone have ay info about bringing snakes into Hawaii and itís islands? My fiancť is in the Navy and come Sept. we have the choice to switch to a new base, Hawaii being one of them. I thought there were no snakes there and that they are forbidden. Or do they just have to be quarantined for a long time? I have no backing for this, itís just one of those things that got into my head some how.

I am pretty sure I donít want to live there (too $$$$, island fever, heíd be out to sea longer, maybe no snakes allowed, etc) but Iíd like to know the facts if any of you could share some.
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Old 06-06-03, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is illegal to bring any reptile or amphibian onto any of the Hawaiin islands. In the past any that were brought onto the islands have decimated the native populations and totally upset the ecosystem.

Here is a link that can shed some more info....

http://www.birdmag.com/id57.htm

Here is an example of what you will find about the regs on Hawaii..
Hawaii has no native reptiles and amphibians, unless you count sea turtles and a sea snake. More than a dozen non-native lizard and frog species have become established on various islands, but no native ones exist. So, instead of listing species that you cannot harm or remove from the state, Hawaii lists hundreds of species that cannot be brought in.

For example, it is illegal to possess any snake in Hawaii. The only exception is that a zoo is permitted to have two of each nonvenomous species. But both must be males! No fun being a snake in Hawaii. The rule for Jackson's chamaeleons, an African lizard popular in the pet trade, is that they "may be possessed only on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu." Also, it is illegal to transport your chamaeleon between islands.


Note it says may be possesed, for Chams, but you cannot bring them onto the island with you. Jackson Chams were first brought to the US on Hawaii. in fact most fo the jackson's in the US today are a result of the offspring of these animals.

And here is the listing of all of the prohibited animals...


http://www.hawaiiag.org/hdoa/adminrules/AR-71P.pdf


So basically if you love herps and want to go to Hawaii, you're out of luck.
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Old 06-09-03, 12:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Damn, that stinks.
Thanks for the input.
I bet there woudl still be no argument even if I owned all males (which conincidentally I own all females).
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I wonder how hard it would be to sneak a snake in?
But after 5 years I bet I wouldn't be able to sneak my burm out!
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