The World’s Most Dangerous Island
Snake Island formally known as Ilha da Queimada Grande sits off the coast of Brazil.
The island is small in size, just 110 acres, and has many different types of terrain, ranging from bare rock to rainforest. The snakes became trapped on the island when rising sea levels covered up the land that connected it to the mainland. This left the snakes to adapt to their environment, increase rapidly in population.
The island is the only home of the critically endangered, venomous golden lancehead pit viper, which has a diet of birds.
A lighthouse was constructed in 1909 to steer ships away from the island, operated by a single family. During one supply trip, in the 1920’s, the crew of the supply boat found the lighthouse abandoned and the door left open. The family was found, dead, having died from attacks by golden lanceheads that had entered the residence. The lighthouse is now automated.
Because there are so many snakes on one island, by some estimates one snake to every square meter of the island, there is competition for resources.
By law, the island is closed to the public. Like they needed a law!
Some readers on Facebook have asked why doesn’t the government just kill all the snakes? Apparently, many of the snakes’ venoms can provide useful medicine
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