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Navy airdrops dead, drugged mice in battle with snake species

 
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Navy airdrops dead, drugged mice in battle with snake species
using acetaminophen as a poison ?
do they know something we dont....isnt it bad for liver ?







Navy airdrops dead, drugged mice in battle with snake species


By Daniel Tencer
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 -- 11:09 pm



In its effort to rid the island territory of Guam of an invasive snake species, the US Navy has enlisted the help of an unlikely set of allies: Dead mice stuffed with a common painkiller.

The mice are stuffed with acetaminophen (known more commonly by its brand name, Tylenol), attached to little biodegradable "parachutes," and then airdropped into the treetops of Guam's jungle.

The idea is that the mice will be eaten by the brown tree snake -- a deadly species that was accidentally introduced to Guam after World War II and has since caused the extinction of several local species.

The dead-mouse airdrops, which began last month, are part of a plan hatched a decade ago by the US Department of Agriculture and the EPA to rid the island of brown tree snakes, reports Stars and Stripes. The drops are being carried out near Naval Base Guam by a naval helicopter crew.

"The discovery that [brown tree] snakes will die when they eat acetaminophen was a huge step forward," Anne Brooke, conservation resources program manager for Naval Facilities Command Marianas, told Stars and Stripes. "The problem was how you get the snakes to eat it.”

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Re: Navy airdrops dead, drugged mice in battle with snake species
Acetaminophen kills reptiles. The Brown Tree Snake is ravenous. Seen a couple in Hawaii and they have a bad temper as well. Rear fanged and mildly venomous. Related to the Mangrove snake.
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Re: Navy airdrops dead, drugged mice in battle with snake species
But what about all the other things that will eat the dead mice?
And I thought that snakes were not interested in dead animals.
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10/03/2010 05:28 PM
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Re: Navy airdrops dead, drugged mice in battle with snake species
Acetaminophen kills reptiles. The Brown Tree Snake is ravenous. Seen a couple in Hawaii and they have a bad temper as well. Rear fanged and mildly venomous. Related to the Mangrove snake.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1108038

What the heck is "rear fanged"?

Last Edited by weegie on 10/03/2010 05:29 PM

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