Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Snake Island: No Place to Visit

Golden Lancehead Snake
Snake Island

It's April Fools' Day, but I'm not fooling around with this story. I was surfing the web and came across this seemingly exotic paradise. The Brazilian island of ilha de Queimada Grande looks like an Eden on Earth, a warm and alluring tropical destination. But looks can be deceiving. You see, this island is home to the highly venomous Golden Lancehead snake. If you were to set foot on this island, you would always be no more than 3 feet away from one of these deadly creatures. These snakes are literally crawling all over the island. And with an estimated one Golden Lancehead per square meter, it's not surprising that the place is devoid of humans and off limits to visitors. The venom of the Golden Lancehead is so powerful and fast-acting that it can literally rot away human flesh surrounding the bite within minutes. With no known predators, these snakes rule the island.

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