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Old 02-03-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I have always wanted to visit a tropical island. The desire is really intense today since it is expected to get to ZERO F here in Lincoln, Nebraska tonight. The only good thing about Zero temperatures is that I know I can walk around without stepping on snakes (especially venomous varieties). Is that a concern in the Hawaiian Islands? If so what species? Spiders? Scorpions?

GL2
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:21 PM
 
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There are no snakes whatsoever in Hawaii.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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No snakes...but the centipedes...holy crud! Bad sting. And they like climbing into bed with you for some reason.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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We have visited Hawaii every year for many years and have never seen a spider. The only bite we got was a mosquito.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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there are snakes in hawaii! not sure what kind but we do have them. my entire family has been on hawaii for 4 generations trust me we got snakes
we no have deadly snakes on land but we sure got em in the ocean. we have sea snakes that are actually deadly but as long as you don't threaten them you'll be fine. we have spiders but no man eating ones or anything haha. just got to worry about the mosquito, centipedes and cockroaches

link about introduced species in hawaii. we have not native land snakes but they still managed to get here like some other annoying pests. ever heard of mongoose they were introduced too
http://www.explorebiodiversity.com/H...%20threats.htm

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Old 02-03-2009, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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On the Big Island there are a few things that sting, centipedes where it is wet, scorpions where dry, and a few invasives like stinging caterpillars and yellowjackets. Mosquitos will probably be the only thing that bite you unless you're tromping through the jungle.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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We do have land snakes but they are hard to tell apart from big earthworms. If you see an earthworm which is gray, shiny and moves like a snake instead of like a worm, then it probably is a snake. It is hard to tell which end is the head and I don't think they are poisonous. Even if they were, I don't think their mouth is big enough to bite anything. They are also quite rare, I've only seen about four of them, ever, and I garden and dig in the dirt a lot.

We do have brown recluse spiders which are poisonous as well as the aforementioned centipedes, scorpions, fire ants, yellow jackets and loads of mosquitoes. Cockaroaches don't bite but they do fly. Cane spiders are big and scary, but I've never known one to bite anyone.

Generally, the most dangerous thing in the jungles is the terrain itself. You would be amazed at the number of folks who get hurt or killed by falling over edges. Our soil is crumbly and mountain climbing is dangerous. There are also edges that crumble and no signs telling ignorant people to stay away from the edge. Lots of folks drown in various ways, too. And we have diseases in the fresh water streams, such as leptospirosis and rat lung disease from slugs on vegetables.

I suppose feral pigs are dangerous, especially big sows with piglets but folks generally trap and hunt them when they get too close to houses.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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You got that right, hotzcatz. It's the things you can't see that are most dangerous, waterborne illness, and here in Puna especially, pukas; (holes) hidden under ferns & greenery, sometimes even opening up under you while you mow the lawn or walk a path that's been there for years. Practicallly everyone I know here has fallen in one at least once. I've been lucky, just one sprained ankle and several cuts.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Not to mention the nasty bacterial infections one can get from those falls on the lava, especially near some shorelines. (lots of bacteria in the water which was a surprise to me) I have known several people who had a mere scratch on their leg and a few days later, they're in the hospital on IV antibiotics. I got a tiny nick on my toe once and in 2 days had red streaks going up my foot! Stay out of the ocean if you have a fresh cut or even a scratch.

We seem to have an inordinate amount of car accidents caused by drivers who drift over the line. Very few wide shoulders here, so there is no where to go if you're the unlucky one meeting this ?sleeping? ?impaired? ?inattentive? other driver.

So, relax, Gunluvr2, we don't have poisonous snakes on the islands. Come on over for a nice vacation!
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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So, relax, Gunluvr2, we don't have poisonous snakes on the islands. Come on over for a nice vacation!

Now if I can just work out a house swap for a week or two LOL.
GL2
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