Dozen Illegal Animals Turned Over in Two Weeks
By Wendy Osher
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|
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||
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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
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