Snakes on a plane: Board of Agriculture approves import of two non-native species

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2013 file photo, a brown tree snake is held by a U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. territory of Guam. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is importing four brown tree snakes to be used to train dogs to detect the dangerously invasive species and hopefully prevent the snakes from establishing themselves in the state. Brown tree snakes invaded Guam and nearly wiped out the island's bird species. Hawaii has no native snakes and several species of protected and endangered birds. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge, File)
Brown tree snake. (USDA photo)
A sabelfish is seen resting on the sediment in this undated photo. (Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife)

KAILUA-KONA — In an effort to ensure brown tree snakes never establish themselves in Hawaii, the state Department of Agriculture is taking what appears an ironic step.