One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A nocturnal tree snake of Pacific origin that has escaped captivity as a pet to threaten native fauna in many Pacific Rim locations.
Boiga irregularis, family Colubridae
- ‘U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have been using Jack Russell terriers on that Pacific Ocean island to detect invasive brown tree snakes in airport cargo.’
- ‘But that feistiness wasn't enough to save it from the brown tree snake, an alien intruder that probably arrived on a military plane or ship after World War II, then preyed on Guam birds.’
- ‘Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes, brown tree snakes in Guam, rabbits in Australia - all play havoc with natural ecosystems.’
- ‘The story, unfortunately, isn't B-grade fiction; the very real brown tree snake made its way from New Guinea to Guam, probably aboard a freighter, in the mid-1950s.’
- ‘In the early 1980's, however, this species, along with seven other native forest birds, was extirpated from the wild due to predation by the invasive brown tree snake.’
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