Prevention of spread is paramount. It is much cheaper than intervention once a snake population establishes.
The odds of eradicating an introduced population of reptiles once it has spread across a large area are very low, pointing to the importance of prevention, early detection and rapid response.
Whether you live in a house, condominium, or apartment, there are several things you can do to decrease the potential for snakes to enter your living space. Excluding snakes from buildings depends on closing or eliminating the most minute openings aro
As a rear-fanged snake from the family of Colubrid snakes, brown Treesnakes are often classified as non-venomous. However, as snakes on Guam (with the abundantly available food) have grown to longer lengths than what is found in their native range, so
To many people's surprise, the answer to this question lies not in what could possibly eat the brown Treesnake but instead what primarily immature snakes themselves eat. This food source, mainly small lizards, is far more limited in its
While the birds and mammals were a major part of the snake's diet when it first entered the scene on Guam, these were not the major food sources of immature snakes. These snakes, as mentioned above, feed primarily on small lizards, which were and stil
Could more brown Treesnakes from the native range be introduced in the hope of introducing disease or parasites into the Guam population?
Very little is known about diseases or parasites and how they might exert control on a snake population. Again, the control in the snake's native range is food availability as opposed to any other one factor.
How about paying a bounty for snakes collected to the youth or adults of Guam to instigate removal of the snakes or commercializing the snakes for use in traditional medicines or foods to bring in revenue and reduce the snake numbers that way?
Both of these ideas would bring about the same basic outcome, although the specifics of each differ. With a bounty, people would be inspired to gather snakes, but they would do so in areas where the snakes were easiest to catch.
Since Guam has a number of military bases, could the soldiers be lined up and marched across the island to catch the snakes?
Again, the snake habitat would make this extremely difficult, especially for people untrained in locating and dealing with snakes. Snakes are rarely encountered except at night, and even then many elude detection because they are high in trees, in den
Are brown Treesnakes attracted to the heat or high frequency oscillations of the power lines? If so, could something like this be developed to attract snakes?
Unfortunately, it isn't the heat or frequency of the current in the lines that attracts the snakes. For an arboreal snake, the poles and power lines are easy to climb and attractive to snakes because they are elevated. When searching for food and day
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