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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INVESTIGATION OF A PROTEIN SUBSTRATE FOR SNAKE ATTRACTION AND BAITS Project Number: 1935-41440-022-01
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Nov 15, 2010
End Date: Nov 14, 2012

Objective:
The brown tree snake is a harmful invasive species that was accidentally introduced to Guam by the military in the 1950’s. Snake control measures include the use of baited traps. The most effective known bait is the pelt from a neonatal mouse. This bait material is expensive, inconvenient and short-lived. The objective is to identify an inexpensive, easily prepared and readily available agricultural animal by-product that will serve as an effective substitute for mice pelts.

Approach:
The scientist will work with operators of slaughterhouses, hatcheries, rendering plants, hide processing facilities and fur farms to identify by-product materials likely to serve as snake attractants. He will acquire these materials and perform processing steps necessary to stabilize the materials and make them suitable for the production of bait cubes. Since the stabilization of the experimental bait material may impact its effectiveness, multiple stabilization techniques will be explored, including freezing, various methods of dehydration, and addition of humectants or preservatives.

Last Modified: 10/21/2014
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