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Hungry Snakes Trap Guam In Spidery Web


Animals  (tags: non-native species, ecology, environment, animals, wildlife, wildanimals )

Cal
- 828 days ago - npr.org
The brown tree snake invaded Guam over 60 years ago -- they sneaked in aboard boats or in the wheel wells of airplanes. And now they're everywhere: about 2 million of them.



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Teresa W. (707)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 3:54 am
scary
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 4:22 am
"There are more spiders there now than anyone can remember. To get a sense of how weird the situation is, I started out in Maryland. On my front porch, overlooking the Severn River.

At 6:30 in the morning on a cool fall day, I find two spider webs in a matter of five minutes. But if I were on the island of Guam, I might find 70 or 80 spider webs in five minutes.

Ecologist Haldre Rogers realized something strange was going on as she went roaming through the jungle on Guam and three nearby islands. "While I was doing that," she recalls, "it appeared that there were tons more spiders on Guam than there were on other islands."

Rogers is a researcher from the University of Washington, and she was actually in Guam looking for snakes. The brown tree snake invaded Guam over 60 years ago they sneaked in aboard boats or in the wheel wells of airplanes. And now they're everywhere: about 2 million of them.

But the spider thing was just too bizarre to pass up. So Rogers started counting spider webs on the islands."
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 6:45 am
Scary!
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 10:13 am
interesting, but I dont want to go there!!
 

Marie W. (67)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 9:30 pm
More human messes.
 

Frans Badenhorst (560)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:14 am
noted... very interesting, my wife will NOT be able to live there... :)
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2012, 4:00 am
*shudders*
 

Darla Taylor (112)
Friday September 21, 2012, 10:44 am
Noted. Just goes to show how humans mess things up by introducing a new species to a place. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Sue Matheson (76)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:30 pm
thanks
 
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