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Young ‘Flying Tree Snake’ Captured on Oahu

May 24, 2013, 5:25 PM HST
* Updated July 3, 4:54 PM
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Military personnel on Thursday captured a young tree snake at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu.

The juvenile ornate tree snake was identified by a herpetologist at the Bishop Museum.

It is also known as a “flying tree snake” for its ability to spring from tree to tree, was found in a maintenance bay near the airfield.

Inspectors from the state Department of Agriculture took custody of the foot-long reptile.

Agriculture officials said ornate tree snakes are native to Southeast Asia and their diet consists of lizards, mice, bats and birds.

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They are mildly venomous and are related to the brown tree snake which has devastated the ecosystem of Guam.

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Agriculture officials said it was not known how the snake got into Hawaii.

Air Force personnel are continuing their surveys of the area.

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