The DZER loves having company at night. C'mon ... who doesn't?
The DZER's place is kinda in crappy condition right now — DZER has a lot of cleaning up and rearranging to do, mostly because he's a lazy fuck, so normally the DZER doesn't have too many people over, let alone late-night callers.
Tonight was different.
The DZER came home from a fun night out with some friends. The DZER's outside light was non-functional, which was a bitch. The bulb is fried and must be replaced.
The DZER came in, put down his keys and stuff, grabbed a drink from the fridge and started toward his bedroom when the DZER noticed a flicker of movement out of the corner of his eye.
There she was. Long and slender and lean. Big, gleaming eyes. Nice mixture of brown and golden.
So lovely but ... so cold. It was like she was ready to strike out at the DZER.
Yep, one of Guam's infamous brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) had someway made its way into the DZER's apartment.
Despite the reputation that Guam is overrun by the brown tree snake, this is the first one I've personally seen in the wild for years and years — and the last one was at the house of one of my friends who lives near some deep jungle.
The brown tree snake, which is both nocturnal and arboreal, does have a nasty reputation, and deservedly so. Because of this invasive species, believed to have come to Guam aboard military or supply ships from Indonesia or the South Pacific, the island's native bird population was decimated. Nine of 12 species were made extinct. A couple others are endangered. It also has killed off half of the native lizard population.
The little bugger is currently sitting in a plastic tub out in my living room. My landlord has a cage up at his house in northern Guam, and I think he has a snake he caught a while back in it. Now he will have a pair, at least.
Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• The brown tree snake is a constrictor, but it does have a mildly venomous bite, though it has to gnaw through the skin to impart the venom. The snake can grow to 10 feet in length, with some longer specimens having been reported.