A milk snake was captured in Sandy’s parish in the west of Bermuda this July, the Royal Gazette reports. Bermuda has no native snakes and the potential consequences for wildlife of invasive snakes getting a foothold here are serious, since they can destroy local wildlife such as birds and reptiles. This is the third time such an incident has occurred in Bermuda in the last four years, despite the fact that it is illegal for individuals or businesses to bring these animals to the island – the snake is likely to have been an escaped pet. Wildlife authorities urged locals to be vigilant and to report any sightings of snakes.
Photo credit: Deror Avi, American Museum of Natural History