Hawaii has several species of protected and endangered birds. Hawaii has no native snakes , and it’s illegal to own the animals in the islands.
That’s because, technically, Hawaii doesn’t have any snakes . Not only because it’s paradise, but because, as Discover.com reminds us, “as an isolated archipelago, the only way for wildlife species to get to the Hawaiian Islands is to fly or swim across the Pacific Ocean.”
To put it in perspective, Hawaii has no poisonous land snakes , bears, crocodiles , hippos, leopards , komodo dragons, hyenas, lions, tigers, poisonous dart frogs, rhinos , etc.
Since the early 1800s, the exotic Plasmodium and its tropical mosquito vector (Culex quinquefasciatus) have contributed to the extinction of at least a dozen endemic Hawaiian birds and have all but eliminated the remaining species from the warm lowlands.
But Hawaii’s land-based wildlife is pretty benign. There are no predators, so the most dangerous creature you could encounter on a hike through Maui’s wilderness might be a startled wild pig or a centipede —which can give a painful sting, but it won’t kill you. No one has ever been maimed by a centipede .
10 Things Not To Do in Hawaii Don’t stand next to the blowhole. Don’t eat at a chain restaurant. Don’t let a commercial luau be your only exposure to Hawaiian culture. Don’t limit your visit to Oahu. And don’t avoid the Island of Hawaii . Don’t only stay in resort towns. Don’t hike illegally or start a hike late in the day. Don’t take lava rocks.
15 Terrifying Things In Hawaii That Can (And Just Might) Kill You Huge Waves, Hurricanes & Tsunamis. Steven Worster/Flickr. Sun Poisoning. David Fulmer/Flickr. Centipedes. Steve/Flickr. Honolulu Traffic. Hiking Trails. Grocery Shopping. Sharks. Jellyfish, eels, and other dangerous sea creatures.
Rats and mice breed year-round in Hawai’i. The most common rat species associated with complaints in Hawaii are the roof rat (Rattus rattus) and the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus). The roof rat is an excellent climber and is found inhabiting trees, roof spaces and attics.
Luckily Hawaii doesn’t have too many bad insects and other creepy crawlies to be aware of, but there are some. Surprisingly, or not, there are a lot of people that are deathly afraid of bugs – even those that can’t really cause much grief. Some people are horrified of ants. Others, like me, spiders.
The Hawaiian flag upside down is a sign of protest against the United States government. Most commonly, it is to represent the solidarity movement of Hawaii . This is rooted in the notion that when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in 1893, what followed was an illegal occupation by the United States.
Catching a disease spread through mosquito bites is not a real worry in Hawaii . Mosquitoes in Hawaii do not carry malaria, thank goodness. Malaria is a debilitating fever disease found in most tropical zones in the world. However, mosquitoes in Hawaii carry dengue fever.
Mountain lions have never occurred in Hawaii . As a small island far away from any potential mountain lion source population, Hawaii has never had its own mountain lion population.
Most people are familiar with the sad story of the dodo . This plump, flightless bird was so tasty and so tame that it was hunted to extinction within a century by Dutch sailors arriving on the shores of Mauritius. In the wild the dodo was a much leaner bird .
There are several species of parrots in Hawaii . Although none are indigenous, there is a whole subculture of enthusiest who flock to the Hawaiian Feathered Friends Network, the highly respected club for parrots in Hawaii . The greatest diversity of parrots is in South America and Australasia.