The Ilha de Queimada Grande, also known as “Snake Island”, might not be packed with velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus– Rexes but you can bet that this place will give you a big case of the heebie-jeebies. Known as the “world’s deadliest islands”, you’d definitely think twice before camping in this part of the world.
Think of it as Jurassic park, but with snakes, just around 4000 of them… fun right! Actually, there are even reports saying that there’s a snake for every 3-feet square feet.
Now I don’t know about you but if I ever saw that, I’m going to run like I’ve never run before.
Oh and we’re not just talking about your regular scaly snakes, we’re talking about venomous vipers. One of them is the golden lancehead, scientifically known as the Bothrops insularis, it is one of the most venomous vipers out in the world.
Just how strong is its venom?
Well, it can melt off human flesh. You heard that right! Human freaking flesh! Now that’s what you call nightmare fuel.
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Here’s a video of it in action:
According to reports, 90% of the snake related deaths in the region are caused by this serpent.
Just to help you sleep at night, here are some of the folk stories:
In one, a fisherman unwittingly wanders onto the island to pick bananas. Naturally, he is bitten. He manages to return to his boat, where he promptly succumbs to the snake’s venom.
He is found some time later on the boat deck in a great pool of blood.
The other story is of the final lighthouse operator and his family. One night, a handful of snakes entered through a window and attacked the man, his wife, and their three children. In a desperate gambit to escape, they flee towards their boat, but they are bitten by perched snakes from overhead branches.
They say that in the past the island was part of the mainland but it drifted off about 11,000 years ago. Without any competition, the snake population naturally grew in numbers.
And the golden lanceheads? Well, they evolved their venom from the need to catch fast flying migratory birds,.
Nowadays, the Brazilian Government is strict about people going to the island. Of course, that doesn’t stop some poachers from trying their luck.
The question is, are you tough enough to take an excursion there?