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Island of the Snakes

Science  06 Dec 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6163, pp. 1166-1167
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6163.1166

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Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) has extirpated native birds, bats, and lizards, and disrupted entire ecosystems. Scientists and government agencies are waging a constant battle to prevent the snakes from invading nearby islands. A new control method, in which toxic mice are tossed from helicopters, may bring the ultimate goal of eradication closer.