Exotic species hotline works

Stowaway found!

A "stowaway" was inside  a shipment of electronics that arrived in Florida, from Puerto Rico.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission says the snake is either a Puerto Rican boa or a Mona Island boa; it's tough to tell the difference between the two without a DNA test.

Both snakes are endangered in Puerto Rico.  

FWC arranged for the creature's safe trip home. This was the first time the "Exotic Species Hotline" was used to detect a non-native species coming into the mainland.

The hotline number is 1-888-IVE-GOT1.


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