Snake Island | Ilha da Queimada Grande | Prohibited Area: Ilha da Queimada Grande is also known as Snake Island. It is one of the extremely dangerous places in the world and is situated on the coast of Brazil in Atlantic ocean. The snakes became trapped on this island when rising sea levels covered up the land that connected it along with the mainland. This left the snakes to adapt to this environment, increase rapidly in the population and render the island most dangerous to public visitation.
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- Developers earlier planned to create a banana plantation on this island. It didn’t work out.
- The Brazilian Navy has forbidden anyone from landing on the island.
- Snake Island contains the highest concentrated population of the snakes in the world.
- The last lighthouse operator, his wife, and their three kids were all bitten by snakes that slithered through a window at midnight. As they tried to escape from the island, snakes bit them from the branches above, and they died before leaving.
- The snakes live off the migratory birds, which stop there to rest, and are shortly after that slaughtered and eaten by the thousands of snakes.
- The golden lancehead is responsible for 90% of all snakebite-related deaths in Brazil.
- Golden Lanceheads grow to about half a meter long.
- An unknowing fisherman once landed on this island to innocently pick the bananas. He was promptly attacked and later found in his boat, lying in a large pool of blood.
- There are an estimated 1 to 5 snakes per square meter.
- The snakes’ poison is fast-acting and melts the skin around the bite(s).
The island and the Ilha Queimada Pequena to the west are being protected by the 33 hectares (82 acres) “Ilhas Queimada Pequena e Queimada Grande Area of Relevant Ecological Interest” which was created in 1985. The only people who are allowed on the island are the research teams who receive waivers to collect the data.
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