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Hawaii - The Snake-Free State

Hawaii is snake-freeOphidiophobes, or folks who are suffering from severe fear of snakes, will definitely have a swell time in snake-free Hawaii.  The Aloha state has invested millions of dollars into fighting invasive species, including snakes, which could cause havoc in the islands. So everyone can rest assured that there will be no snakes that will pop out during hiking trips or any other adventures outdoors.

You see, snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and, thus, pose a serious threat to the state's environment and people if their population is not controlled. Many snake species prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to endangered native birds while bigger venomous species can be a danger to humans and small pets.

This is the reason why Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture makes sure that snakes are not allowed to arrive and live on the islands. If you spot a snake in Hawaii, call 911 or 586-PEST (7378) immediately. if you happen to successfully brought one in without the knowledge of authorities,  it may be surrendered without consequence under the state's amnesty program.

Actually there are snakes in Hawaii but you'll only find them in zoos, where they are in a contained environment and cannot bother anyone. Also, Hawaii does have one native snake species, the island blind snake (Ramphotyphlops braminus) which is the size of an earthworm. They are also non-venomous and harmless to humans and are mostly left to their own devices.

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