U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Date of this Version

June 2006


Published by Journal for Nature Conservation 14 (2006) 127—128.


All reptiles in Australia receive statutory protection. However, Australia is home to many of the world’s most highly toxic venomous snakes, and when these snakes, or similar-looking snakes, come into human proximity, conservation issues are routinely disregarded and the snakes are killed. A secure and effective snake trap could allow dangerously venomous snakes to be removed from the vicinities of humans in safety (for both humans and snake). Towards this end, we conducted a demonstration trial to see if the trap widely used on Guam to capture brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) could be applied in a suburban Australian setting to safely remove dangerous snakes without killing them.