US government to air-drop toxic mice on Guam snakes

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    Feb. 22, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    Guam should have advertised hunts and established bragging rights. Another solution would have been to put the Division of Wildlife in charge of them. Lol

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 22, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    Lots of snakes are edible; are these? If so, is there a possibility for harvesting the snakes, processing them and selling their meat? I've sometimes wondered why more pigeons aren't taken for food. I understand they taste good. This is a chance for new businesses and more jobs. Think positively!

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Feb. 22, 2013 4:24 p.m.


    Just to be clear, Guam is a US Territory.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Feb. 22, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    These stories make it seem like Guam is being overrun by snakes. It's not like you see snakes every day. The snakes are nocturnal and very reclusive. If you see a snake you kill it. Their fangs are set in the back of their head, so bites are very rare.

    Duckhunter - that's exactly the point. To a large degree they've eaten themselves out of house and home. They have moved on to eating lizars and rodents. The population is declining and the size of snakes is a lot smaller than they used to be.

  • Onion Daze Payson, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 1:43 p.m.


    Mice and other rodents.

  • AChapin Albany, Linn, OR
    Feb. 22, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    Now how can we get them to do this in Washington DC?????We could get rid of a lot of snakes in the grass..........

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    If the snakes on Guam have "wiped out" all of the birds, basically their food supply, then why are they not dying off from lack of food?

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 11:46 a.m.


    I think the point was it's generally safe. Anything in large doses is harmful.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Acetaminophen is not 'harmless' for humans. A large overdose, or even a small overdose repeated over time, can severely damage the liver, and perhaps the kidney.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    I was in Guam in the USAF 30 years ago.

    Those snakes are nasty.

    They would climb up into the landing gear of the planes sitting on the ramp over night.

    The 1st thing we did in the morning was inspect the planes for snakes.

    Nothing like finding a hitch hiker in the cockpit at 42,000 feet over the ocean, and a 4 hour flight from the nearest landing strip.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 10:59 a.m.


    You do bring up a good point. It would be interesting to see how much this is going to cost. Though from a financial standpoint and how much Hawaii is at risk to lose from this it would seem to be wise to invest the money in controlling it while they are in Guam and not have to pay for it ten times over when they get to Hawaii

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    Gotta do something with all those extra trillions we have lying around. If we run out of peasants in the Middle East and entrepreneurs in the industrialized world, I guess we can take on the snakes in Guam. You bet.