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Introduced snakes creates 'spider island'

Introduced snakes creates 'spider island'

Updated 17 September 2012, 11:15 AEST

Guam has been found to have 40 times more spiders than its nearest island neighbours, and a team of researchers thinks it has figured out why.

It begins with the accidental introduction of the brown tree snakes in the 1940s, which led to the loss of many of Guam's birds.

And now, the huge growth of the spider population.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Haldre Rogers, a Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Rice University Houston

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