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Check-in for our occasional spotlight, highlighting a particular natural event or organism, usually focused on the unique collection of plants and animals who have made their way, through wind, waves, or weather, to the islands of Hawaii.

My Office Mate

My “office mate” here on the Big Island is a Green Anole (Anole carolinensis) mistakenly, but often called a “chameleon” in the mainland pet trade. He (or she) routinely takes up its post on the window screen next to my computer and chases all the flies and other pesky things away while endeavoring to eat them. I call her/him "Om," (for Office Mate). The Anoles are not native and are thought to be pet store escapes from the 1950s but are doing very well on their own here on the island, thank you very much. Many introduced species are unwelcome as they crowd out native flora and fauna and do irreparable harm to habitats. The Anole primarily eat non-native insects so are not considered a threa

Scary Snakes in Hawai'i? Noooo...well, not so scary.

There is an urban legend that there are no snakes in Hawaii. This is true. If you don’t count the two that are here. Now if you are thinking of watching your step more carefully whilst walking down a rainforest or lava rock trail, I will give some advice: watch your step carefully whilst walking down a rainforest or lava rock trail, but, you don’t have to watch for snakes. I will go out on a very sturdy limb here and state directly that you will NEVER come across a snake while hiking. One reason for this is that the only snake of any size found naturally around Hawai’Ii spends its entire life in the sea. Even so, the Yellow-bellied Sea Snake (Pelamis platurus), is so rare that even scientis

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