Endangered species on Cocos Island facing threat from brown tree snakes

A bunch of brown tree snakes have been removed from Cocos Island but officials said the population count of this invasive species on the tiny atoll was not known at this time.

Surveys to better understand the number of brown treesnakes on the island are ongoing and the Rapid Response Team is also capturing and removing any snakes they find, according to the Guam Department of Agriculture Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources.

Four adult browntree snakes capable of breeding, as well as five juveniles, have been taken out of Cocos Island, an 83.1 acre atoll located 1.5 miles off the southwest coast of Guam. This was the first time an invasive brown tree snake population has been discovered on the uninhabited atoll, following a report from a local fisherman in September.