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The interplay of habitat change, human disturbance and species interactions in a waterbird colony

American Midland Naturalist

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Abstract

The brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis, is abundant on Guam and commonly invades human habitations. Data on emergency room visits on Guam document a high freguency of snakebites on Guam. Over 50% of the emergency room visits for snakebite involved children <4 years old. Records exist of 4 infants, 1, 2, 5, and 10 months old, who displayed significant symptoms after being bitten, while sleeping, by snakes. Two infants developed respiratory problems within a few hours and required medical treatment for asphyxiation. Lethargy, diminished sensory perceptions, drooping eyelids, swelling, discoloration, and bleb formation were variable in occurrence in the patients.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The interplay of habitat change, human disturbance and species interactions in a waterbird colony
Series title:
American Midland Naturalist
Volume
145
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
p. 18-28
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
18
Last page:
28
Number of Pages:
11