brown tree snake

noun

: 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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But in the new mode, the nocturnal brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) hugs its body around the cylinder in one big grip and crosses over itself to make the namesake lasso, Jayne and colleagues report today in Current Biology. Tess Joosse, Science | AAAS, 11 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 29 May 2019 The brown tree snake has been hitchhiking on planes. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, 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, 10 June 2018 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20tree%20snake. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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