The brown tree snakes have completely taken over on Guam. Believed to have arrived from the Admiralty Islands, New Guinea, or Australia in the holds of post-World War II cargo ships, the snakes conquered an ecosystem where there were no natural enemies. They ate every bird egg available; now Guam is a tropical paradise with almost no tropical birds. The snakes have also devoured native geckos, lizards, and other reptiles. There are an estimated two million brown tree snakes living on Guam’s 136,000 acres. They outnumber people by about twelve to one. About twenty years ago, they started causing regular power outages by shorting themselves out on the island’s antiquated electrical grid.
Thanks to the snake, Guam’s ecosystem is largely a write-off. But this nuisance species has also made sea or air travel a nuisance: Every cargo container, every airplane wheel well, and every corner of every ship or aircraft leaving Guam has to be scoured for stowaway snakes trying to leave Guam the same way they arrived. Personnel from the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) patrol docks and runways, deploy search dogs, and otherwise stay vigilant (on our dime) to make sure that Guam’s tragedy isn’t repeated elsewhere in the Pacific. In 2004, Hawaii Congressman Ed Case said that APHIS stops between 6,000 and 7,000 stowaway reptiles a year.
Like Guam, Hawaii has no natural predators for the snakes, and would be particularly vulnerable to a snake-based ecological disaster. Guam-to-Hawaii flights have reported several snakes-on-a-plane in recent years, but it’s believed Hawaii remains un-colonized.The saga of the brown tree snake is an almost inevitable result of global commerce.
After 4000 years of dominance, the Humans have been assimilated into the society of snakes on the US Territorial island of Guam. This is a surprising, extremely early victory for the Animal Uprising 2012, and proof that the animals have been planning their rise, and the extinction of the human race for decades.
Teamed with the spike in dog revolts over the last few weeks, this is an extremely unnerving fact of the AU2012.
Thats right folks ... Snakes are about to start biting yo asses ... stay tune for more info ...