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U.S. to air drop toxic mice on Guam to kill venomous snakes

February 22, 2013

U.S. to air drop toxic mice on Guam to kill venomous snakes

The dead mice will be laced with painkillers.

Watch out below! If you are planning on hiking through Guam’s jungles anytime soon, think twice before lacing up your hiking boots. NBC News reports that toxic mice are about to be air dropped on Guam to kill the venomous brown tree snake. Wildlife specialists have laced the dead mice with painkillers in the hope that the tiny critters kill off the poisonous reptiles.

NBC News notes that the majority of the island’s native bird species are extinct because of the brown tree snakes, which were unknowingly brought to the island by U.S. military ships after the end of World War II. The U.S. Geological Survey adds that the population of brown tree snakes has reached “unprecedented” numbers on Guam due to the abundance of prey and the absence of natural predators and other forms of population control.

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