Snakes Are Regularly Being Found On Planes Headed To Hawaii

All movie jokes aside, you would think that the one place you’d definitely be safe from snakes is 30,000 feet in the air. Nope. Officials have revealed that slithering stowaways are a regular occurrence on planes bound for Hawaii.

According to researchers at the University of Queensland, the brown tree snake is making its way across the globe from Australia via airplane. What’s more, it’s been doing it since World War II.

This species of snake is venomous to birds but relatively harmless to humans. It likes to tuck itself away in the landing gear of planes, and scientists have noted that the spread of the snake from Australia to Guam via military planes has led the critter to drive multiple nature bird species to extinction.

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“They’re regularly intercepted in the Hawaii airports, so if these direct flights are allowed to continue, it’s only a matter of time until they get to Hawaii and wipe out the birds like they did on Guam,” said Associate Professor Bryan Fry from UQ’s School of Biological Sciences in a statement on the University website .

Short of stopping all direct flights from Guam to Hawaii, Fry recommends that sniffer dogs be used to detect these snakes on planes before they reach the Island State.