Welcome to Brazil’s Island Of Snakes


Brazil is a host to a big island that has much more inhabited on it than just normal island creatures. What makes this island so unique is that it home to an abnormally amount of snakes. This unvisited island off the coast of Brazil might be small in size, but it houses many rare and native snakes. Because they are so endangered, the island is off limits to the general public.

It is located 18 nautical miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is approximately 110 acres in area. There is a lot of beauty and diversity on the landmass with hills, and cliffs overlooking the open ocean.

Since there are so many snakes on the island, studies show there could be as many as one snakes to every square meter. Competition for resources is always at a premium.

The island was thought to have a population of about 430,000 snakes, but recent estimates are much lower. After the first systematic study of the population of the golden lancehead found the population to be 2,000-4,000, concentrated almost entirely in the rainforest area of the island.

This might have happened because there was a limited amount of resources and the population leveled out, but in 2015 an estimate by a herpetologist on a Discovery Channel documentary further stated that the population remains at 2,000-4,000 golden lanceheads. The Bothrops insularis may also be at risk from inbreeding, effects of which are evident in the population. This may not be the best place to end up if you don’t like snakes!


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