Many of us suffering from Ophidiophobia, fear of snakes. Even if you are not suffering from Ophidiophobia, still, you may not wish to visit this snake island in your lifetime.
Ilha da Queimada Grande or Snake Island is 90 miles away from the city of São Paulo. The 110-acre island is filled with deadly, venomous snakes. Scientists estimate upto 4,000 snakes in the island, some reports indicate that you can find one snake for every six square yards.
These are not just any snakes, this island is the only home for golden lancehead, one of the most venomous snakes in the world. This snake’s venom is capable of melting human flesh and killing most prey almost instantly. This snake’s venom is three to five times stronger than any mainland snake’s venom. Lancehead’s bite may result in swelling, nausea and vomiting, blood blisters, bruising, blood in the vomit and urine, intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, and haemorrhage in the brain
The Brazilian government strictly controls the visits to Ilha da Queimada Grande or Snake Island. The Brazilian navy visits there once in a year for the maintenance of light house in the island. Biologists and researches also visit there with special permissions to study the golden lanceheads. But the Brazilian government requires a doctor’s presence in any legally sanctioned trip to the island.
Locals from São Paulo tell story of a fisherman who ventured to the island looking for bananas and never returned.
A website even states that at one snake per meter, you’re never more than three feet away from death in Ilha da Queimada Grande or Snake Island.
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So, what is in your mind? Would you still wish to visit this island?
- Snake Island: Flickr /Prefeitura Municipal Itanhaém