Every so often, I like to remind my friends and family who have never been to Guam, that we are still alive and well. The brown tree snakes have not eaten us yet. A common myth about Guam is that Guam is infested with brown tree snakes, and that anyone moving to Guam should be aware. The truth is I haven’t seen a brown tree snake in years.
If anyone has read some of the articles on the internet about the brown tree snakes, you may have heard some over exaggerated story. Many of the articles seem to portray the brown tree snakes on Guam as ferocious predators out to kill. But that’s because the next ferocious predator on Guam is the pig or coconut crab. In reality the brown tree snakes basically prey on birds eggs, which basically just lays there to be eaten by anybody or anyone that can climb a tree. Brown tree snakes on Guam do not attack humans and really just look like an “overgrown worm”.
Not that brown tree snakes are commonly seen, but the most common place you will see a brown tree snake is on the road near a jungle, “dead”. The snakes seem to climb up the power pole and get electrocuted, fall to the ground, and get run over by cars until they are flat as a pancake. The life of a snake, exciting!
My most memorable experience with a brown tree snake on Guam was in elementary school, which I remember vividly. It was probably the most exciting day of elementary school. A classmate of mine brought a brown tree snake for “show and tell’. When he brought it to class, he brought the snake in a big aquarium, with a bunch of newspaper in it. The snake was all wrapped up hiding in the newspaper. The girls were all scared and the boys were all excited. As a kid, the only snakes I’ve all seen were the giant snakes in the movies or the zoo, so I was expecting a snake that was the size of a corn on the cob and about 5 feet long. When it was time to show the snake, I was shocked. The snake looked like an extension cord, skinny as a pencil with a head the size of a quarter. I was a bit disappointed and so were many of my classmates.
My friend who was showing the snake was not a bit scared, he pulled the snake out of the aquarium with his bare hands and was showing it to the class. The most dramatic moment of the exhibition was when my friend was not paying attention and was playing with the snake, the snake bit him. Everyone was shocked and imagined the worse. The nurse came by and all she did was clean out the wound with Hydrogen Peroxide and put a band aide and all was well. Basically the brown tree snakes on Guam do not have any venom that pose a threat to humans.
The truth about brown tree snakes on Guam is that they are just over grown worm and can’t really kill you. The likely hood of a snake encounter is rare and the even when you do get bit, a band aide and some peroxide will do the trick. Probably safer to get bit by a brown tree snake then a mosquito!
Are you considering to move to Guam? You may want to consider renting an apartment or condo in the Tumon area. Tumon is considered the downtown of Guam, where you have a bountiful of restaurants, bars, hotels, and shops just a stone throw away. Many condos and apartments in Tumon are also walking distance to the beautiful beaches of Tumon Bay.
Located just 5 minutes away from the Guam International Airport, Tumon is the most central village of Guam. Tumon Bay is lined with many world class hotels such as the Hyatt, Hilton, Westin, and Marriot to name a few. If you are into shopping there are quite a few boutiques the line the streets of Tumon Bay. For those moving to Guam on military orders, the main military bases are approximately 20~30minutes drive. Both Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Marianas are about equal distance from Tumon. The village of Tumon (on Guam, we don’t have cities, we have villages) surrounds one of the most beautiful wildlife preserve beaches on Guam, Tumon Bay. Most of the condos and apartments are along Tumon Bay.
Now the big question, which condos or apartments in Tumon are the best? In Tumon there are quite a few options of condos and apartments. Depending on what you are looking for, the best condo or apartment will differ. If price is of no concern, you may want to consider Villa Kanton Tasi. It is the most exclusive Tumon condo on Guam located right on the beach. If being on the beach is what you want, the Guam Beachfront Residence is one of the more popular places in Tumon.
On the other hand if you are looking for a condo or apartment in Tumon that is a good combination of price, size, & location you may want to consider one of the San Vitores Condos (San Vitores Court, San Vitores Village, San Vitores Terrace, etc.) These condos are located just 2 minute walk from the most happening spot for dining and nightlife in Guam. In the area there is a good variety of great restaurants of all price range and ethnicity. For a night out in town, the area boasts a variety of bars, pubs, & clubs.
For those that are looking for a view, then you may want to consider the Pia Marine or Pia Resort condo. These are high rise condos with a great view of the ocean and Tumon Bay. From many of the units you can have a view of the whole Tumon Bay.
These are some of the best condos and apartments in Tumon. Depending on your wish list, you are sure to find the right condo or apartment in Tumon for you. With so many options for apartments and condos, you really can’t go wrong finding a place in Tumon. If need more information, take a look at our many videos on Youtube channel, Guam House Finder, or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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