Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Snake Island: Not the Tropical Paradise to Visit

Most people have a strong aversion to snakes. There is just something about them that can make one cringe at the sight, or even at the thought, of them. Now, imagine an island that is surrounded by these slithering, tongue-flicking creatures – that is Snake Island.

There is an island off the coast of Brazil that is potentially hazardous for any adventurer to traverse. It’s called Ilha da Queimada Grande, which has the nickname of “Snake Island”. It got its moniker from the large volume of venomous snakes that call the island their home. The number of snakes is said to be so high that it is estimated there is approximately one for every square meter in the island.
Horror and sci-fi filmmakers have made movies about the infamous island. One of these is aptly titled Snake Island, directed by Wayne Crawford. Although the movie took some liberties, such as changing the location to Africa, it built on the gruesome idea of surviving on a deserted island, surrounded by dangerous snakes.

That being said, the real Snake Island is not a place one can visit on a whim, as it is protected by the Brazilian Coast Guard. How many brave souls (in their right minds) would want to visit such an place anyway?

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