Snakes in the grass: Poisonous habus spotted at Okinawa Marine bases as officials negotiate mowing contract

A Taiwan habu snake watches people from the corner of a terrarium at the Entomology Pest Management Section at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, June 5, 2019. KRISTAN CAMPBELL/U.S. AIR FORCE
A Taiwan habu snake watches people from the corner of a terrarium at the Entomology Pest Management Section at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, June 5, 2019. KRISTAN CAMPBELL/U.S. AIR FORCE

Snakes in the grass: Poisonous habus spotted at Okinawa Marine bases as officials negotiate mowing contract

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Officials on Okinawa are warning people to be wary of habu snakes on Marine Corps bases after the lack of a mowing contract has led to large swaths of tall grass and sightings of the venomous reptiles.

If left untreated, a habu’s bite can be deadly.

“There have been multiple sightings of habu snakes around tall grassy areas on Camp Kinser,” said an Aug. 20 Facebook post from Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. “The grass has not been cut due to working out the new contract and unfortunately there has been a lot of rain. Please pass to anyone you know on Camp Kinser to stay out of the deep grass until it is cut.”

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.597027

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