Snake captured on Maui coffee farm

A ball python was captured by a worker on a Kaanapali coffee farm on Friday, July 1, 2016.

The non-venomous snake was picked up by a plant quarantine inspector from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture on Maui.

The snake measured about three to four feet long and was euthanized on Maui due to its condition.

It is not known how the snake got to the farm.

Ball pythons are popular as pets on the mainland. They are native to Africa and can grow up to six-feet long. Their diet usually consists of small mammals and birds.

HDOA says that snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii. They pose a serious threat to the environment. Many species, including the ball python, prey on birds and their eggs.

If you see any illegal animals or know they are being kept in Hawaii, HDOA asks that you contact their toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).

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