brown tree snake


: a large mildly venomous arboreal colubrid snake (Boiga irregularis) of northern Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands that has been accidentally introduced into other areas (such as Guam)

Examples of brown tree snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though the brown tree snake was accidentally brought to Guam, new snake species are being introduced to Ireland on purpose. Sarah Fecht, Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2024 On Guam, for instance, the voracious brown tree snake has already driven several native birds to extinction. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 After all, invasive snakes have been known to wreak havoc on island ecosystems; look no further than Guam, where the invasive brown tree snake is infamous for killing native lizards and birds. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 The brown tree snake has devastated Guam's native birds, for example, and officials are terrified that the islands of Hawaii are going to be its next conquest. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 6 Nov. 2015 Today, introduced species such as mongoose on the Hawaiian islands or the brown tree snake in Guam threaten native wildlife. Carlyn Kranking, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2022 Shortly after World War II, the brown tree snake was introduced to the Pacific island of Guam. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2012 More than 99% of the money spent on reptiles was to control damage caused by the brown tree snake in the South Pacific. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 30 July 2022 By way of the US military, the brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis, was introduced to Guam during World War II. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brown tree snake was in 1926

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“Brown tree snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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