and Hawaii are remote islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii has no snakes (except for a small native one
that's the size of an earthworm). Guam used to not
have any snakes either, until:
introduction of the Brown Tree Snake into Guam:
tree snake (Boiga irregularis) is an
to Guam. It has killed nearly all of Guam's birds,
leading them to extinction.
The brown tree snake eats birds, eggs, and small
animals (pets). It is about two to four feet long.
They are usually found in trees and shrubs. It's
hardly seen during the day but at night, the snake
searches for food.
tree snake has not invaded Hawaii yet, so planes
arriving from Guam are always checked. The brown
tree snake can stow away in shipping containers,
and in aircraft. So far, seven snakes have been
found at port facilities on Oahu. If this species
gets to Hawaii, it will cause ecological
disaster, just like it did on Guam.