THE Queimada Grande also known as the Snake Island is located off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean.

The island is the only home of the critically endangered, venomous Bothrops insularis (golden lancehead pit viper), which has a diet of birds.

Photo: Animal Spot
Photo: Animal Spot

The snakes became trapped on the island when rising sea levels covered up the land that connected it to the mainland.

The island is closed off to the public in order to protect both people and the snake population.

It can only be accessed by the Brazilian Navy and selected researchers vetted by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, the Brazilian federal conservation unit.

This mysterious island is so dangerous that Brazil has deemed it illegal for anyone to visit.