There are many beautiful looking small islands dotted around the world that most of us probably wouldn’t mind being stranded on for a few days. However, on closer inspection, not all islands are so warm and welcoming and should be avoided at all costs. Snake Island is one such island that should definitely be side stepped and removed from your bucket list.
Located approximately 90 miles from São Paulo sits “Ilha da Queimada Grande,” otherwise known as “Snake Island.” You won’t get any brownie points for guessing what makes this island an off-limits zone for humans. The island remains untouched by developers largely due to the huge population of snakes that live there. Researchers estimate that there’s between one and five snakes per square meter covering the whole island, which loosely translates to a serious amount of snakes.
If you’re a snake lover, then an island full of snakes probably doesn’t sound so bad, that’s until you find out what kind of snakes are living there. Snake Island is home to a unique species of pit viper known as the golden lancehead. The lancehead snake family are an extremely dangerous type of snake and responsible for around 90 percent of all the snakebite fatalities in Brazil. The Snake Island golden lanceheads are particularly dangerous and possess a super fast acting venom that melts and eats the flesh around their bites, killing their victims quickly.
Snake Island if completely off-limits to the public except for researchers and scientists who must first be cleared by the Brazilian Navy. It’s that dangerous it’s actually illegal for anyone to hire a boat and make their own way to island.