|Brown Tree Snake|
Pythons now number in the tens of thousands, Their impact on the native wildlife has been disastrous. Marsh rabbits, raccoons, and opossums have almost disappeared, and sightings of white tail deer are down by 94%. Besides which, they compete with the already-stressed native predators such as panthers and alligators.
|Swallowing a deer.|
They are found everywhere:
|In a printer|
|The snakes are mildly venomous, and they often bite infants and small children.|
|This frizzled snake was trying to reach a bird's nest.|
|This one was on a Qantas flight|
The breed of choice in Guam is the Jack Russell terrier. They are rescue dogs imported from California and Texas, their flight to Guam and their training paid for by Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In Florida they use labrador retrievers trained at Auburn University's Canine Detection Research Institute. The dogs pictured below found nineteen pythons in 2010, one pregnant with viable eggs.
The labs have to be trained not to go into the water.
|Jake and Ivy found 19 pythons.|