Why don't you introduce a predator to simply eat all of the brown Treesnakes (particularly the mongoose or kingsnake)?
This is probably the most frequently asked question regarding the brown Treesnake. It seems like a simple and obvious solution; however, the many ecological concerns and implications accompanying such a move illustrate the dangers of this tactic. Whi
There are a number of difficulties associated with attempting to poison brown Treesnakes partially because of the way they forage in the wild. Snakes are very selective about what they eat. They will often refuse to eat real bird eggs if they have be
Could a repellent be used to keep brown Treesnakes away from people's homes, electrical substations, or endangered species enclosures?
Research is ongoing in this area, but as yet no substance has been identified that can be used safely and without causing negative repercussions in the environment.
While it would be possible for the research on this problem to simply end and those involved to move on to other issues, the problem would not be resolved. The snakes would continue to cause problems for those living in Guam, and the threat to other i
Why can't you control the brown Treesnakes by using indigestible glass eggs or real eggs that have been laced with a poison?
First, snakes are extremely alert to the temperature, odor, and other chemical cues that help them discern real eggs from other objects that may be egg-shaped.
I am doing a research project/report on the brown Treesnake. Are there some resources you could recommend?
Besides the information included here in these FAQs, there are many scientific papers available that detail the great deal of research that has been done regarding the brown Treesnake, particularly in the last 15-20 years. There are books that have be
Pythons eat a wide variety of prey (mammals, birds and alligators), and pose a risk to many resources, including threatened and endangered species. Examination of stomach contents of Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park shows that birds make up
Are large constrictor snakes such as Burmese pythons able to kill people? What is the risk? Would this be in the wild too, or in backyards?
Human fatalities from non-venomous snakes are very rare, probably only a few per year worldwide. All known constrictor-snake fatalities in the United States are from captive snakes; these are split between deaths of snake owners who were purposefully
Not enough scientific information is available to definitively answer this question. The species that this study documents as apparently declining are those mammal species that are easily observed on roads at night due to their behavioral patterns and
Are there invasive reptiles other than Burmese pythons in the United States that people should be concerned about?
Invasive animal species are a rapidly increasing environmental and economic problem in the United States. According to U.S.