Alien tree snake slithers towards a sleepin

Alien tree snake slithers towards a sleepin

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Caption: Alien snake confronts sleeping child. A brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) slithers up to a young sleeping child. Here, on the Pacific island of Guam, the brown tree snake is an alien introduced half a century ago and since then has become a pest. It is thought the island hosts over a million such snakes. Its venom is relatively mild to an adult, but causes severe pain and swelling in a child. On Guam more than 200 victims have been treated for snakebite, many of them infants bitten while they slept. This bird-eating snake, now a subject of pest control, has eradicated native bird species.

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Keywords: boiga irregularis, brown tree snake, child, child safety, condition, disorder, healthcare, medical, medicine, poison, poisoning, sleeping child, snake, tree snake, type, venom, venomous, worst invasive alien species

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