10 May '12, 4am

Parachuting Mice to Battle Invasive Snakes in Guam

Parachuting Mice to Battle Invasive Snakes in Guam

60 years after they found their way to the shores of Guam, brown tree snakes have become the island's most pervasive invasive species. Now believed to number in the millions, the unwelcome serpents have decimated the region's wildlife, slithering without having to worry about any natural predator. Faced with this unchecked threat, experts have teamed up with an unlikely ally in the battle against snakes -- scores of parachuting mice laced with a lethal payload. Authorities from the US Geological Survey believe that the snakes first arrived to Guam, a US territory in the west Pacific, hitching a ride by boat or plane during World War II. Since then, the snakes have proliferated on an unimaginable scale by feasting on the island's native bird species, and their population growth left unchecked shows no signs of slowing. Wikipedia /CC BY 2.0 As conventional methods of control...

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