Entry from US English dictionary
A nocturnal tree snake of Pacific origin that has escaped captivity as a pet to threaten native fauna in many Pacific Rim locations.
- Boiga irregularis, family Colubridae.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have been using Jack Russell terriers on that Pacific Ocean island to detect invasive brown tree snakes in airport cargo.
- Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes, brown tree snakes in Guam, rabbits in Australia - all play havoc with natural ecosystems.
- The story, unfortunately, isn't B-grade fiction; the very real brown tree snake made its way from New Guinea to Guam, probably aboard a freighter, in the mid-1950s.
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Syllabification: brown tree snake
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