brown tree snake

noun

Definition of 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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Working Dogs for Conservation has trained dogs to find spotted knapweed in Montana, Chinese bush clover in Iowa, yellow star thistle in Colorado, rosy wolf snails in Hawaii and brown tree snakes in Guam. Washington Post, "Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs," 24 Aug. 2019 Countries worldwide use canines to help with a wide range of environmental protection projects, from locating invasive brown tree snakes in Guam and tracking rare turtles in the US to hunting poachers in Zimbabwe and in India. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Dogs are working to save the world’s endangered species," 9 June 2019 The Guam rail, a small, flightless bird, was nearly driven to extinction by the invasive brown tree snake, which was accidentally brought to the island by the U.S. military. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What is extinction? The answer is complicated.," 29 May 2019 The brown tree snake has been hitchhiking on planes. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Jan. 2019 The brown tree snake has driven at least half a dozen bird species to extinction on the island of Guam. Ursula K. Heise, WIRED, "Endangered Species and the Case for ‘Sanctuary Cities’," 10 June 2018

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Brown tree snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20tree%20snake. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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