Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long habu at Yagaji – police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long <em>habu</em> at Yagaji - police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

On March 6, a police officer caught a habu or Okinawan venomous pit-viper in the Yagaji Police Station.


March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:00pm on March 5, Kouki Tarama, a police officer of the Yagaji Police Substation in Nago caught a poisonous habu snake that was about 1.5 meters in length in the front yard of the police substation. Nago Police Station drew residents’ attention to the habu, saying that the snakes are active earlier than in a normal year.

A officer of the Yagaji Police Substation found a habu moving near the doorstep of the office and tried to catch it using a snake capture stick. The snake resisted by putting its head in among the flowers in the flower bed, but he eventually caught it.

According to the Nago Police Station, since the beginning of March, the police have received reports about snakes from residents on a daily basis. Seikei Yamane, deputy chief of the Nago Police Station, said, “The number of reports about habu normally increases in May, but this year, because of warmer weather than usual, we have received many reports in March. Residents should be very careful about snakes.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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