Published on May 28, 2013

ilha de queimada grande. AKA Snake island. One of the islands in this world you would least like to get stuck at.

Located 30 miles of, of the coast of Sao Paulo, this island harvests a colony of some of the most venomous snakes in the world.

This snake is called the Golden Lancehead. The good news about this highly venomous snake is that you can’t find it anywhere but on this island. The bad news is that there are quiet many of them. Rough estimations have the population at over 400000. Or one snake per every square meter.

It is forbidden for anyone to even set foot on the island. Legend has it that the last person that ignored this warning is a fisherman that was found bleeding to dead in his own boat.

What you are looking at now is an actual picture of the lighthouse that is still on the island as of today. The second big myth about the island is that the family that lived there to work the lighthouse all got driven into the rain forest and killed when snakes eventually invested their home.

The lancehead species is responsible for the most snake related deaths in South America. This particular member of the lancehead family carries a venom that is 5 times as strong as that of your “average” Lancehead.
It may be fun to break the rules from time to time but you have a better chance at staying alive trying to trespass the white houses yard.

Birds wish their government would forbid them to set foot on this island as well, as they are what the Lanceheads feed on mostly. Although being as ruthless as they are, they even feed on their own species from time to time.

The bottom line is if you are planning on going to Brazil for your vacation then you are better of taking a stroll trough the favella’s then you are visiting this island.

It is sad that some people are talking about burning the island down and local farmers have even started fires in the past to potentially turn the island into a banana farm.
These snakes should be left alone tough. This island is a unique piece of nature with a unique habitat. It’s a piece of the Brazilian rain forest that is being harmed enough as it is. (5)

Henry Sapiecha

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