Feb 23, 2013
The US government is set to air-drop toxic mice on Guam as an inventive form of snake control. Guam has been plagued with an estimated two million venomous brown tree snakes for nearly 60 years.
Brown tree snakes are an invasive species in Guam. Biologists suggest that the snakes arrived on the island on US military ships or planes during World War II. The snakes continued to breed in the jungles, which are an ideal habitat for the reptiles.
As reported by BBC, the snakes have taken over the island creating numerous environmental and safety concerns. The estimated two million brown tree snakes have invaded homes, shorted out electrical systems, and caused devastating damage to native wildlife.
As the snake population grew, they fed on eggs and baby birds that previously had no predators in Guam. This has impacted the ecosystem and completely eliminated 10 different species of birds. In addition to birds, the snakes have diminished the population of other native species including lizards, rodents, and small mammals.
This article was posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:34 am