Are there snakes in Hawaii

I am not a snake person. I won’t go out of my way to kill one, but I will go out of my way not to see one. Hawaii is the perfect place for me. There are actually two species of snake that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, and one rarely seen non-native species.

The Yellow Bellied Sea Snake is a native marine reptile (lives in the ocean) that is not commonly seen. It is poisonous so it’s a good thing it’s rare.

The Brahminy Blind Snake is non poisonous, and the size of a worm. Anywhere from 2 to 6 inches long. They are harmless to people.

The Brown Tree Snake originally came from Guam, presumably, and is also rare to see. They are poisonous, and are actively being sought to eliminate.

I originally believed that there were no snakes due to the many Mongoose you see here on Maui. It may be true that they will find and kill a stray imported snake that gets free, but snakes are just not native to these islands.

Mongoose were introduced to Hawaii in 1883 to control the rat population in sugar cane fields. Unfortunately, rats are out at night, Mongoose by day, so it had no effect. It did affect other native species however, and endanger them by raiding their eggs, both birds and turtles. There are only two islands which do not have Mongoose, Kauai and Lanai.

There are fines and possible jail sentences in Hawaii for importing or keeping snakes and Mongoose.