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US government to drop drug-filled mice on Guam. WARNING: Don’t eat drug-filled mice

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Brown tree snakes invaded Guam shortly after World War II. The snakes had a particular taste for small tropical birds, and promptly began eating up all the island’s avian residents.

To show how much it appreciates the brown tree snake’s efforts, the US government recently dropped thousands of drug-laden dead mice on the island. The hope is that the greedy evil tree snakes will chow down on the carcassy goodness and then drop dead. Yay snake apocalypse!

From National Geographic

In the U.S. government-funded project, tablets of concentrated acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, are placed in dead thumb-size mice, which are then used as bait for brown tree snakes.

Only about 80 milligrams of acetaminophen—equal to a child’s dose of Tylenol—are needed to kill an adult brown tree snake. Once ingested via a dead mouse, it typically takes about 60 hours for the drug to kill a snake.

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