Fears and Phobias: Part II

Ophidiophobia – The Fear of Snakes

Ilha da Queimada Grande – Snake Island – Brazil

One of many snake islands around the world, Ilha da Queimada Grande (a.k.a Snake Island) is located off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. The island consists of 106 snake infested acres.


Home to the Golden Lancehead Viper, this snake’s venom is up to 5 times more potent than its mainland relative and is one of the deadliest snakes in the world. The Golden Lancehead is responsible for 90% of all snakebite-related deaths in Brazil.  These statistics are related to the mainland variety, not its more deadly island-bound relative.  This snakes’ venom is fast acting and melts the skin around the bite(s).


The Golden Lancehead Viper, one of the most deadly snakes on earth.

Snake Island has 1-5 snakes per 3 feet (or 1 meter), making it the largest concentrated population of snakes in the world.  Imagine, every three feet, you will encounter anywhere from 1 to 5 snakes!  That alone is enough to keep most logically minded people off the island.  In an attempt to ensure the safety of those tempted to visit the island, the Brazilian Navy has forbidden anyone from setting foot there.

The snakes live almost solely off unsuspecting migratory birds.  Birds native to the island rarely become prey for the snakes.  If a snake cannot catch a migratory bird, it may go months without eating.

The last lighthouse operator, his wife, and their three children were all bitten by snakes that came in through a window at night.  As they tried to flee the island, snakes bit them from the branches above.  The entire family died before escaping from the island.  This has got to be the new standard by which we determine whether we have a shitty job!?!?


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