World Record Nomination: Ilha de Queimada Grande - The island with the highest venomous snakes concentration

04-05-2015

(Worldkings) - Snake, especially venomous ones, is the worst nightmare for most of us. Scaly and slippery skin, long fangs full of venom... they are the most dangerous specie on Earth that we don't want to face. Can you imagine what will happen when you are in an island full of snake on every square meter? That must be HELL.

Not far from Sao Paulo, one of the most important cities in Brazil, Ilha de Queimada Grande lies quietly and look like any other peaceful small island all over the world. However, this place is called "world's deadliest island" by many people. No one can - or dare to - live on this island, just because it is occupied by one of the most venomous snakes on Earth, the golden lancehead (Bothrops insularis).
Ilha da Queimada Grande looks very pretty from far away - but terrifying up close (smithsonianmag.com)
According to Smithsonian, the lancehead's venom is said to be three to five times stronger than that of any mainland snake. It's capable of "melting human flesh" and can kill a person in under an hour. No wonder, then, that the lancehead genus is reportedly responsible for 90 percent of all snakebite-related deaths in Brazil.
Because of the danger, the Brazilian government strictly controls visits to Ilha da Queimada Grande. Even without a government ban, though, Ilha da Queimada Grande probably wouldn't be a top tourist destination: the snakes on the island exist in such a high concentration that some estimates claim that there's one snake for every square meter in some spots.
So, even you are a snake lover, you better don't think about a visit to this deadly island.
World Records Union - Worldkings are still collecting more information from many sources and it is our pleasure listening to everybody's comments to have a full evaluation on the record nomination: "Ilha de Queimada Grande - The island with the highest venomous snakes concentration in the world.
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