A snake stowed away in a man’s backpack and stayed undetected until it finished the excursion from Florida to Hawaii, authorities said. The southern dark racer snake crawled out of the man’s backpack when he landed on Maui Monday, KGMB-TV revealed Wednesday. Snakes have no common predators in Hawaii and represent a risk to Hawaii’s local species.
The 20-year-old Virginia man didn’t know about the creature until it developed after he touched base at an excursion investment property in the network of Pukalani, the U.S. Branch of Agriculture said.
The property owner told the guest that snakes are illicit in Hawaii and cautioned police, who caught the snake alongside the state Department of Land and Natural Resources workforce. The man said he didn’t deliberately bring the racer snake when he went from Florida, where the species is normal and can grow up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.