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Dozen Illegal Animals Turned Over in Two Weeks

July 19, 2011, 8:24 AM HST
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By Wendy Osher

Boa captured July 4, 2011 near the Waiawa Correctional Facility on Oahu. Photo Courtesy, Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

A dozen illegal animals were turned in to the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture over the two week period covering June 29 through July 13, 2011. Authorities recovered four snakes, and eight illegal lizards–including three bearded dragons, a blue-tongued skink, a tegu lizard, an iguana, and two leopard geckos.

All but three of the animals were recovered from O’ahu, the others were from the Big Island.  Some of the incidents were reported to the Honolulu Police Department’s Crimestoppers program which offers rewards for tips on illegal animals.

The possession or transport of illegal animals is a class C felony, punishable by a $200,000 fine and up to three years in jail. Anyone with information on illegal animals should call the pest holine at 643-PEST (7378) or CrimeStoppers on any island.

Individuals who have illegal animals are encouraged to turn them in under the State’s amnesty program, with no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized and will be sent to a reptile facility on the mainland.


Agricultural officials say snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawai`i and pose a serious threat to Hawai`’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat.


Below is a complete list of the animals captured:

Quantity Date Captured or turned in Organism Size Scientific name Island Species orgin Remarks
1 6/29/2011 Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink (lizard) 17.5 inches in length Tiliqua scincoides Oahu Australia CrimeStoppers tip
1 6/29/2011  

Bearded Dragon (lizard)

14 inches in length Pogona spp. Oahu Australia CrimeStoppers tip
1 7/4/2011 Boa Constrictor (snake)  

9 feet  3 inches in length

Boa Constrictor  Waiawa, Oahu South and Central America Captured in the wild, taken to Honolulu Zoo
2 7/5/2011 Bearded Dragon (lizard)     Baby Bearded Dragon 14.25 inches in length    11inches in length Pogona spp. Kona Australia  


Amnesty Turn In Referred by Three Ring Ranch to Kona Plant Quarantine

1 7/5/2011 Tegu Lizard 4 feet, 5 inches in length Tupinambis teguixin Oahu South America  

Turned in under Amnesty to Honolulu Zoo

1 7/8/2011  

Albino Burmese Python (snake)

7.5 feet in length Python molurus  Oahu South East Asia CrimeStoppers tip
1 7/10/2011 Baby Iguana (lizard) 15 inches in length Iguana iguana Oahu South and Central America  

Turned in under Amnesty to Humane Society

2 7/10/2011 Leopard Geckos              with 2 eggs  

8 inches in length             8 inches in length

Eublepharis macularius Oahu Afghanistan, Pakistan Turned in under Amnesty to Humane Society
1 7/13/2011 Albino Burmese Python (snake) 8 feet, 8 inches in length Python molurus  Hilo South East Asia Turned in under Amnesty to Hilo Plant Quarantine. Probable CrimeStoppers tip
1 7/13/2011 Boa Constrictor (snake) 5 feet, 9 inches in length Boa Constrictor  Hilo South and Central America  

Turned in under Amnesty to Hilo Plant Quarantine. Probable CrimeStoppers tip



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