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Snake Island (Full Length Documentary)

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Like VICE News? Subscribe to our news channel: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out the Best of VICE here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Best-Of The highest concentration of one of the most venomous snakes in the world is located about 90 miles off the coast of Santos, Brazil, on a small, craggy chunk of otherwise uninhabitable land. It's known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island, and it's the only place you will find 2,000 or so of the wholly unique golden lancehead viper, or Bothrops insularis. When you step ashore, with a keen eye you spot one of these snakes roughly every 10 to 15 minutes after clearing the base of the island, and as many as one every six square yards in other parts of the island. This means, as you are walking through the waist-high brush, even with some good boots on, it's like walking through a minefield that moves and, instead of blowing you into chunks, slowly paralyzes you and liquefies your insides, as the golden lancehead does to the migrating birds it feeds on in the treetops. Well, "liquefying your insides" may be a stretch, but no one knows for sure because no one bitten has lived long enough even to be admitted to a hospital, or at least none of the researchers who accompanied VICE on their journey to Snake Island owned up to that fact. Nor did the Brazilian Navy, who allowed VICE exclusive access to document their annual maintenance inspection of Snake Island's lighthouse—which has been automated ever since the 1920s, after the old lighthouse keeper ran out of food and disappeared while picking wild bananas in a small grove near the shore. According to legend, he and the members of his rescue party died one by one, all alone and in search of one another after each had been missing for some time. The golden lancehead is so unique and its venom so potent that specimens procured by snake-smuggling "biopirates" can fetch up to $30,000 apiece on the black market (with prices going much higher depending on the location of the rich weirdo snake collector or, some have speculated, the black-market biopharmaceutical chemists attempting to beat Brazil on a patent). Is that the craziest fucking description of a documentary you've ever heard? The answer is yes. So of course VICE's editor-in-chief, Rocco Castoro, and senior producer, Jackson Fager, had to go there and nose around for themselves. On their return they said things like: "It was like a David Lynch movie through the prism of Satan's asshole. The anti-Galápagos. Darwin in reverse." "[It's] cut off from the mainland and perhaps the land of a long-buried pirate treasure, according to the stories from local fishermen. But they also told us there were aliens on the island, so pretty much anything goes. It's scorched earth. It's where I would send my worst enemies to live, and I look forward to setting up a business with the Brazilian government to do just that. After the World Cup, of course." "What I can tell you is that there are stone fucking steps hand-carved into the face of one of the prominent cliffs, all the way up. But you can't dock anywhere near there. There's also the possibility that [the venom] could be used for an anti-cancer drug, or perhaps anti-aging. Maybe it could save mankind. Whatever. They wouldn't have saved my ass." "There are blue locusts and so many of these weird, prehistoric-looking cockroaches on the ground at night that it crunches when you walk. Place is fucked. No one is allowed there for a reason. Don't ever go." "All that said, great shoot. Great diving, too." Check out the Best of VICE here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Best-Of Subscribe to VICE here! http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Text Comments (4383)
Robert Jones (1 hour ago)
Are all Vice reporters sissy boy beta males, damn vice get some real man as reporters and some sexy strong smart woman
Vitor Okuhara (2 days ago)
2:45 HAHAHAHAHHAH ELES FILMARAM A PLACA DA FARMÁCIA HAHAHAHAHHA
MARLON RANGEL (2 days ago)
13:58
Tubzy Wilson (2 days ago)
An island fulla nope rope. I'll stay comfy in england thanks
Ferry Manggala (4 days ago)
the Nope island
ditchdakkon (4 days ago)
just burn down the island and kill all the snakes
Yan Silva (4 days ago)
I'm from Brazil. Some say the Island has a treasure hidden in the caves full of snakes. Pirates used to navigate those waters when Brazil was a Colony and some stole a lot of Gold at that time when Brazil used to produce more than 1/3 of World's gold. No one has ever found anything though - nor tried to find anyway. And for those arguing about Helicopters, Brazil has the second highest number of Helicopters in the World. But we cant build anything on the Island. It is a Natural Reserve and there are laws restricting anything else to be built!
Soy ese comentario en español que buscass
MarkJoseph Baldesco (5 days ago)
Its so mysterious!!!..the island is cared by Gods and Goddesses or supernatural, elemental things...i admired your bravety.
Jetsetter Group Music (5 days ago)
My uncle often takes dumps in his trousers
Jamie Tattersfield (5 days ago)
The guy is cussing too much can’t he find other words to express himself
Jamie Tattersfield (5 days ago)
It’s called nope rope for a reason. Wait till they evolve and swim off the island
zemtronix1 (6 days ago)
I hope the whiched to LED bulbs...then they can change the light every 5 years
Green Pickle (6 days ago)
If I was there... I was said “I call all time weedwacker duty” 😂😂
Lam Man (6 days ago)
No need to say “fucking” so many times. Makes you sound like a whiny, unprofessional idiot.
Taiafiafi Williams (7 days ago)
i have a firm belief that there's treasure on this island full of snakes.. how else were those pirates back in the days assured of their treasure being safe from other pirates lol.. its the perfect protection against anyone trying to steal their gold..
vlad put in (7 days ago)
Where's the snakes?
Toola Roola (7 days ago)
After all, Snake Island appeared to be not such a dangerous place. Why I'm not surprised.
zachary woodward (9 days ago)
why do you need to swear so much!?!?!?
wolfaagman (9 days ago)
7:15 reporter: would you go to the island? brazilian navy admiral:(shutters) eh eh eh (with shame ) NO that was so funny lol
Maxwell Lomuscio (9 days ago)
watching this video just makes me think one thing, fuck brazil and fuck that bio pirate sketchy ass motherfucker
Nikolaj (9 days ago)
Those are some weird dogs...
Patricia Crowell (9 days ago)
Trash-mouth American. Lazy with no vocabulary.
Hiram Rosa Jr (10 days ago)
Ah hell naw
Dev Nagpal (10 days ago)
Place which was skipped even by Thanos..Scary..😶
AchiMedia (12 days ago)
IF YOU CAN FINISH A CUP OF SOUP WITHOUT BEING BITTEN THEN ITS NOT THAT DANGEROUS
Martin Shkreli (12 days ago)
What a soy boy
Craig Brill (13 days ago)
You could make so many Gucci bags from snake island
Winston Tongco (14 days ago)
For a documentary film, the swearing of the host is annoying. This is gonna be my first & last.
Even if someone give me a million dollars, I will never set foot on this island.
kasumi yagosa (17 days ago)
I held my breath while watching omg !
No Body (17 days ago)
Why wouldn't they just use a helicopter? Stupid Humans.
Bobo Baby (17 days ago)
oh so yall are CRAZY crazy
0 (18 days ago)
This is more realistic than the movie "Anaconda"
Lime Light (18 days ago)
Erika Costello left the chat
Keegan Large (18 days ago)
Kevin Durant’s homeland has been found
maltacross1987 (18 days ago)
Bring it on.
Scarface (19 days ago)
Culture Trip made me search for this
Ashley Gatton (19 days ago)
damn for 30,000 im surprised it dont look like a city over night. id chance it. 30,000 per snake. I risk falling from ladders everyday for 15 a hr. Im not trying to cause people to think about it but with the right gear it seems simple to me. ive worked on oceans, worked around venomous snakes in the south. a few hrs and 20 snakes i could live like a king for years.
Yojimbo Bimbo (20 days ago)
Drop of some mongoose and one komodo dragon, problem solved.
Gray filter Guy (20 days ago)
Dude ,just bring a bunch of people who like catching and eating snakes ,that island will be empty in no time
Jelly Cube (20 days ago)
Ok am I crazy or is this guy hot?
Dave Chapel (21 days ago)
Just napalm that bitch
Josh Ghotra (21 days ago)
Shit
miss roset (21 days ago)
3:39 wtf that's damn huge omgg
Steven Bodner (22 days ago)
I clicked because the snakes looked like cinnamon rolls.
bigjule jules (22 days ago)
Blow up that fucking island
Geovanny German (23 days ago)
You must out of your mind to sleep in an island full of snakes
Asshile Brooks (24 days ago)
Nuke the island
Bishnu Rajuwar (26 days ago)
Its very dangerous
Yasmin B (28 days ago)
Karina is beauty and brains 😍👏
shubham modanwal (28 days ago)
snakes island documentry without snake...
GEO_Sandro (28 days ago)
would you live there for 1 month for 1 million dollars?
DonE 246 (29 days ago)
I was anxious to watch your video as it sounded exciting but when the first sentence, maybe second, came out with vulgarity I turned you off....go wash your mouth out.
The Evil Dude (29 days ago)
the researcher is kinda hot tho thicc brazilian chick
Thegamerboss (29 days ago)
3:47 he’s female😂😂
Nahash Ka (30 days ago)
Injecting Microchip in human Soon
Source Hauntings (30 days ago)
One word: Mongooses!!!!!!!!! Wiped snakes off PR
Joe Ali (1 month ago)
Did anyone else hear him get called an idiot at 26:35 "You idiot!"
Robert Danero (1 month ago)
“He’s female”
Prince Groose (1 month ago)
Even with full body protective suits I would get a heart attack if a snake 🐍 fell out of a tree and bit down on my arm even if I couldn’t feel it
KXNE - Music (1 month ago)
23:43 Hidden identity? Im pretty sure people could guess hes got brown eyes and you can see brown hair lmao. His features ae quite exposed. And guess what! This dude got prison time lmao
Rinker88 (1 month ago)
Here’s an idea: nuke the island. No snake can survive that, right?
Bugsy (1 month ago)
I was just expecting to see kevin durants holiday home on a luxury island
Oghum Inf (1 month ago)
someone should exhibit a battle royale for criminals there
espiritu bautista (1 month ago)
It seems he doesn't want to go to Snake island
sloppy skater (1 month ago)
The suits would stop the venom but If it was bigger the 8ff it would coil up and break all ur bones
sloppy skater (1 month ago)
I'd go there 100% all animals like that are dope try to kill me or not they still cool as hell and there not mean just trying to protect themselves they got no hands or arms they can only strike to keep them self alive
kim marsh (1 month ago)
this island is restricted access.
zeliha agziguzel (1 month ago)
dude ... poisonous 🙄🙄 really? now I will question everything you say 🤦🏽‍♀️ snakes are venomous...and no ppl !! its not the same thing as poisonous
Alberto Pérez (1 month ago)
Es la isla favorita de las suegras.
seventy six (1 month ago)
wtf
XL318 X (1 month ago)
Legend has it if u survive snake bite your dick becomes down to kneecap
Joanna Marie Gallo (1 month ago)
😒 lagay kaya natin ang mga corrupt na politiko galing pinas
AlvinjohnVlog (1 month ago)
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GoingLoqo Cinema (1 month ago)
17:04- when you get into the school car park on your first day back
Natalie Lubinska (1 month ago)
I don't think the reporter did a very professional job. He seemed to have a negative attitude towards most of the journey. Maybe next time pick someone who is more interested in the subject.
Chee Wee (1 month ago)
The real snake island is at malaysia area
Maria L. Rapaglia (1 month ago)
A WASTE OF TIME & ENERGY! THESE PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING ELSE BETTER TO DO?!
pauly goodin (1 month ago)
Hey there’s Imelda marcos
Jlatko Madrid (1 month ago)
That should be instinct
Lexi Stahl (1 month ago)
Venomous not poisinous... was anyone else irritated by this or was it just me?
Sequiro (1 month ago)
Great... an Island of Nope Ropes
Tanuja Limbu (1 month ago)
The comments here are so fucking funny 😂
Nick Walker (1 month ago)
When they were on the ship around the table playing music, laughing, and eating i was like "..yup.. Just as i suspected...theyre all gonna die." Its the most classic part in a film before ya die.
Tony Kozarev (1 month ago)
I think one of those snakes escaped the island, and I ended up dating her for 2 years.
Alex M (1 month ago)
Nope Ropes
Print dabeast (1 month ago)
This is a Savage reporter
ALPHA FOX (1 month ago)
I'm not afraid of snakes but for this type of snakes that can kill you instantly. Then, I just pack my shit and go somewhere else.
Alon Nir (1 month ago)
That girl's hair looks like a snake
Matheus Cardozo (1 month ago)
Cadê os Brs zueiro nos vídeos dos grigos ??
Robb holmes (1 month ago)
thers def sum gold or treasure on that island
Marguerita Rucker (1 month ago)
When she said 5 snakes and the camera went to look i was like "who where" couldnt see shit 😂😂id be dead
Biak Khenglawt (1 month ago)
He said he wouldn’t go on he boat but he sends people to go there?
Nekhi (1 month ago)
Get me an astronaut suit I’ll be on my way
Bricktop001 (1 month ago)
half the video is about them getting there.
Adam (1 month ago)
Moi
Adam (1 month ago)
Why do i watch this at night
Jeff Voli (1 month ago)
"He is a big Female"
My Feelings (1 month ago)
Good place to test nukes

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