The US Department of Agriculture will soon be deploying dead mice injected with poison to the Anderson Air Force Base. The poison, a sedative, is deadly to Guam’s brown tree snake. The snake, known to kill birds, is considered a threat because it could hitch a ride on Air Force planes to Hawaii.
In a recent interview with ABC reporter Heather Jarvis, assistant state director of US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Islands, Daniel Vice, said the snakes are a serious threat to wildlife anywhere they establish and thus merit the amount of work involved in the mice air drop. Listen to the full interview online.
About the Brown Tree Snake
In the late 1940s the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) was accidentally introduced to Guam, likely from Solomon Islands, where it has significantly damaged the local ecology and economy. The snake is native to Australia, eastern Indonesia, and Melanesia.
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- No Escape From Guam: Stopping the Spread of the Brown Tree Snake (PDF)
- Brown Treesnake Control: Economy of Scales (PDF)
- Brown Treesnake Research at the National Wildlife Research Centre
- USDA Wildlife Damage Management: Brown Tree Snake
Image: ‘Brown Tree Snake‘ © 2012 Pavel Kirillov, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/