The Brown Tree Snake is not welcome in Hawaii. In the 1950’s the snake somehow found it’s way to Guam and is now a major problem there. It has affected the bird population in Guam and is extremely venomous to humans as well.
So, how could this snake possibly get to Hawaii? From the wheel-wells of incoming planes from Guam as well as in cargo and possibly even from ships.
Hawaii has implemented an interesting plan to track down these unwelcome nuisanses. Guam has used dogs to sniff out the snakes for a number of years, and Hawaii now does the same thing. I saw a program on a cable network about these canine “sniffers,” but couldn’t find more info on them. They keep one caged snake at the airport so the dogs can identify the scent.
Keep on sniffing, little doggies!!
Mahalo for visiting!