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Brown Treesnakes FAQs - 15 Found

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. When numbers were depleted, concentration would switch to areas of greater yield.  This results in cropping instead of total collection, allowing the population to recover when efforts change.  A short-term collection was tested on Guam, but the numbers collected were not enough to warrant additional attention.  Also, in creating a cash crop in the snake by assigning bounties, people could decide to bring the snake to other islands in the hope of making money with future bounties—a situation to adamantly avoid.

The issue of commercializing snakes would again result in cropping instead of removal.  However, while the meat and skins of some snakes are exploited unmercifully for leather or food, the brown Treesnake has little economic value.  Its slender body has little usable meat, and its skin is narrow and much too fine for commercial exploitation as leather.  Hand collection is also difficult even with experienced snake collectors, averaging about two snakes per hour in forest situations.  To motivate people to hunt snakes, the price per snake might be inordinately high relative to the numbers of snakes that need to be caught.

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