Invasive Brown Tree Snakes Stun Scientists With Amazing New Climbing Tactic (Smithsonian Magazine)
Science headlines about invasive animal species are becoming quite regular sadly. However, sometimes these species can surprise us with new abilities we never knew they could pull off. The Brown Tree Snake has been quite a problem in Guam, as it has truly hurt the bird population on the island. While many knew that the snake could climb already (it is a tree snake obviously), we did not know all the techniques they used to climb.
Recently, scientists saw that they lasso their bodies around poles in order to propel their bodies upward. How did they even find this out? Apparently, an infrared CCTV-like camera was set up near a nest. It was not really present to catch the snake but rather, to monitor the birds. They found that the snake looped its body around a duct pipe and climbed to the top in about 15 minutes. Which was a first for biologists.