Creepy Creatures of Guam: Brown Tree Snake

Snake

One day Peter and I went for a walk and when we came back home THIS was sitting on our window ledge. A brown tree snake! I actually noticed it from a distance and froze in place, pointed and then screamed of course! I was yelling, “Can’t we call someone to get rid of it?!” and Peter replied, “Call who?!

Apparently there are about 2 million of these creatures on the island! I’ve seen snakes before, on hikes and while camping, but NEVER had one waiting for me in front of my house!

Sadly (for the snake) we had to get rid of it and by we I mean Peter. There are traps for these snakes throughout the entire island. They are threatening to birds, including the ko’ko bird which is endemic to Guam. ¬†We live in Tumon on the main strip, so it was shocking to see something that I thought would only be in the jungle.

The rest of the evening I was freaked out and scared, imagining snakes sneaking in through the cracks and under the covers. I shudder just thinking about it!

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2 comments

  1. Be kind to the scary wildlife. i know some are outrightly dangerous, you mentioned the brown tree snake is finishing off a species of bird–but just understand we (my wife, Lorena, Jesse and Hannah and me) do or best to not rock Nature’s boat. They were here first. That is not to say we don’t spray wasp nests or kill mice, but only if they are a proven nuisance or threat and we will not alter significantly their populations by our actions

    1. Actually the brown tree snake wasn’t here first. It slithered on a military ship during WWII and spread like fire. There was an article in the paper today that mentioned the U.S. military killing thousands of snakes last year. Normally I leave nature alone, but in this case the snake was near our door which has a large opening where creatures often get in. We also didn’t know how to move it or if it would bite. I wasn’t too happy about “getting rid” of it either. The snake is considered an invasive species and a danger to the island’s ecosystem. It’s sad but I think it’s seen as pulling out the weeds, unfortunately.

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