2. Failed Plantation

Snake Island's real name is Ilha da Queimada Grande, which is based on the island's original purpose. The island is home to a thriving rainforest, though there are areas of deforested, grassy areas. This deforestation is the origin of the island's name, as "Queimada," in Portuguese, means "to burn," and locals tried to burn away the rainforest to make room for banana plantations. Needless to say, the plantation building failed, and an estimated 2000 to 4000 highly venomous vipers continue to reign over the island.

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