The Brown Tree Snake

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After World War II, the Brown Tree Snake was accidentally transported from its original home of the South Pacific to Guam, supposedly through a cargo ship or the landing gears of planes transporting goods. As a result of the abundance of prey Guam has, and the low numbers of natural predators aside from feral pigs and mangrove monitors, the Brown Tree Snake reached unfathomable numbers. Wiping out many native vertebrate species, domestic birds and pets, as well as inflicting emotional trauma to tourists and residents by the potential envenomation of small children. This population on Guam is the only reported population outside of their native regions, but they oppose a great threat to Guam. This snake is not restricted to just forests but…show more content…
The introduction of this snake has resulted in 12 native bird extinctions. Due to the wide availability of prey and the lack of natural predators in Guam, the Brown Tree Snake has grown larger than its original, South Pacific size which is about 3-6 feet, to up to 10 feet in recorded history. Along with the rapid growth rate of the Brown Tree Snakes in Guam, they have a reproduction rate of two clutches per year. Each clutch can have 4-12 eggs, about one inch long. The females lay their eggs in hollow logs or crevices in rocks, where they are more likely protected from the heat and drying temperatures, but, if the prey is low in abundance and the climate varies, the female Brown Tree Snake can store sperm for up to seven years, or until conditions are favorable again for her young. The Brown Tree Snake is a part of the cat-eyed family, known as Boiga. The body coloring of the Brown Tree Snake varies depending on the area it is located, varying from light brown, yellowish/green or beige with red saddle-shaped blotches. This snake is also nocturnal, using chemical and thermal cues to hunt and find its prey in the rainforest…show more content…
Another way would be to put up snake-proof fencing around small towns in Guam, to keep as many snakes out of the towns and away from children as possible. In towns if they can eliminate debris and compost piles for the most part, it will give snakes fewer places to hide and creep up on you. The audience I intend to help me with this, and to be most targeted are the local enforcements with the help of animal control, or reptile experts. Supplies such as tanks, fencing or moth balls can be sent in, if needed, but would rather have such supplies on hand because of the unwanted transportation of this snake to another
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