The Deadliest Island in the World,Snake Island

Earth is covered with a lot of dangerous places, however there may not be a location on the planet that would kill you quicker than this tiny island of the coast of Brazil and it’s called Llha da queimada Grande or better known as snake island.

So the danger is pretty obvious, snake island is to the surprise of no-one covered in snakes and the Brazilian government has made it illegal for anybody to visit without a strict authorization. This is because the snakes that cover the island are both an endangered species and extremely venomous so any idiot that visits has the potential to both eradicate an entire species and/or die within two minutes of setting foot. The only people allowed is occasional visits by the Brazilian Navy and carefully selected scientists who are hand-picked and vetted by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment. That being said though of what would happen if you were mysteriously teleported from where you are right now onto the island. How could you survive and what would be your experience there be like. For starters the island is located 33 kilometers off the coast of Brazil, so swimming back to safety isn’t exactly an option. The island is also very tiny it’s about four hundred and thirty thousand square meters an area which is almost identical in size to Vatican City the world’s smallest country .Unlike Vatican City though which has 2.3 popes per square mile  snake island has zero Pope’s but hordes and hordes of snakes. the species that inhabits the island is the golden lancehead, hit Viper which is both badass sounding and extremely dangerous. They’re considered endangered because they only exist on this island. A long time ago snake island was connected to the Brazilian mainland but rising sea levels transformed it into an island and trap the snakes there forever. The island became its own separate universe for the snakes where forced to adapt to the circumstances. There were and are no mamals that exists on the islands say for the occasional unlucky human who washes up. The snakes had no possible prey except for the occasional seabird that landed in the trees and so the snakes put all of their experience points into venom and developed one that was so potent it could kill or paralyze the birds within moments of a bite. The snakes had to become aggressive and immediately kill the birds as they landed because that became their only source of food and thousands of years later that’s still the reality because humans and researchers so rarely visit the island .We don’t exactly know how many snakes exist there nor exactly how bad a bite for one of them would be. However we do have some educated guesses some estimates on the size of the Viper population go as high as four hundred and thirty thousand which is insane. That would be roughly one snake for every square meter and these aren’t tiny little garden snakes either they grow up to half a metre long and if that’s the case no matter where you go on the island you’re probably never more than a meter away from a big-ass slithery venom. However other researchers guesstimate that there may be more like four thousand Vipers on the island but that would still be a ton that’s like one every six square yards or so across the island on average no matter what you’re, gonna run into snakes while you’re stranded on this island so how bad is their bite .Since we don’t have any confirmed data on a human getting bit by one, yet.So  we have to rely on some assumptions. We know that bites from regular lancehead snakes in mainland Brazil carry a seven percent risk of death if the bite goes untreated and a three percent risk even if it is treated. However we do also know that a chemical analysis of a snake Island Vipers revealed that their venom is five times more potent than that of their mainland cousins. Based on that my random-ass ballpark number is that you could expect a thirty five percent chance of death if you ever get bitten by one since you’re stranded on the island and there’s no way that you’re getting treated in time. Their venom is hemotoxic which eats away at the flesh and tissue so symptoms after a bite probably will include swelling ,nausea / vomiting ,intestinal bleeding, kidney failure brain hemorrhages and flesh around the bite literally dissolving. So where can you go on the island to avoid the snakes there aren’t any beaches they’re all just rocky cliffs so that’s probably not a very good idea.

The central part of the island is covered in a small rain forest which is where most of the snakes live so yeah I’ve probably best to avoid that as well .The rest of the island is covered in open grassland and exposed rocks so those areas may be better but your only options for food are basically trying to catch the bird before the snakes get to them. Trying to use something for fishing on the stony cliffs or to actually hunt the snakes themselves. which are all pretty insane choices. Your best chance of shelter and probably getting rescued would be inside of the lighthouse which is the only structure on the island. It is functional but it’s also completely automated so it has no human crew it’s only occasionally checked up on by the Brazilian Navy so who knows how long you’d have to wait there for and who even knows what the door inside would be unlock most likely you’re gonna be stuck outside and food would be the least of your concerns at least to begin with. The only source of water on the island will be whenever it rains so you better hope it does soon .Of all the islands in all the world to find yourself stranded on snake island in the Atlantic is probably the worst of them.

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