Guam’s nemesis: Millions of brown tree snakes inhabit forests [Video]
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Guam’s nemesis: Millions of brown tree snakes inhabit forests [Video]

Agana : Guam | May 09, 2012 at 5:27 AM PDT
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Guam’s nemesis: Millions of brown tree snakes inhabit forests

Report by JENIFERLAMUG

Just in case you have that skill in catching snakes, Guam is currently finding solutions on how to possibly eliminate millions of snake that are currently invading its forest, for your information. Biologists believed the first batch of this reptile arrived 60 years ago.

Guam, a US territory in the western Pacific is facing a nemesis. About two million of brown tree snakes are dwelling in its forest. BBC has the full story: Battling the brown tree snake in Guam, posted May 8, 20212.

The venomous snake measures about 1m long, mostly dull brown but with a vivid yellow underbelly, causing problems in the place, report says. People in the affected areas are horrified woken up with snakes on their bed.

"Our belief is that they came at the end of World War II,” said wildlife biologist James Stanford, from the US Geological Survey. "We've looked at their genetics and they are all extremely closely related, and it appears they came from the Island of Manus in Papua New Guinea," he added.

Stanford believed that an impregnated female snake crept on to a ship or a plane destined for the island, which contained U.S. military equipment, being sent back to Guam. From then on, the population reaches millions.

The local government tried to air-drop mice that are laced with poison called acetaminophen.

"If they eat that dead mouse containing acetaminophen, they will die," said Dan Vice of the US Department of Agriculture.

Now they are planning to solve this problem with the help of small dogs to sniff and hunt the snakes.

Hopefully, they will succeed.

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Guam tried to air-drop mice that have been laced with poison and fitted with parachutes out of helicopters in 2010. The toxic mice served as foods for the snakes to eventually kill them.
JeniferLamug is based in Hong Kong, , China, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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