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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 (4178)
Roman Weiss (2 days ago)
after the sickness, there's navy man over board. i dont get it. also, where's the medic? is this intentional for vice fringe, so more wowow!? i really dig the snake girl, she's competent. thanks for this documentary. it's cool.
Summs (3 days ago)
Is that mike trapp from collegehumor?
Jake Deen (3 days ago)
why don't they just send some rednecks with muthafuckin shotguns
SYED MUJAMEED (4 days ago)
Snakes 🐍 present in this island is so much venomous 🙄🙄🙄🙄 but a country with full of venomous people living is PAKISTAN.
yourleftnut1 (4 days ago)
Every inch of this island should be covered with gasoline and lit on fire.
Judith Morales (5 days ago)
Couldn't you just block the guy's face out instead of giving him a hair net
William Tachyon (5 days ago)
Enough is enough! I’ve had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking island!
Victor Favoreto (5 days ago)
Awesome report vice! I'm from Santos city, where the marine's boat left from and I didn't know about this island. It was interesting to watch. Thank you
rakesh3020 (6 days ago)
What do these snakes prey on... ?
tslmiami (6 days ago)
A lot of gasoline and a match....
Fly house of truth (6 days ago)
I wish this asshole would quit cussing
Alex Cam (7 days ago)
Send my ex here!!
Lari (7 days ago)
Murder-spagherters! 😨🐍🐍
pointlesseternity (8 days ago)
Introduce some mongoose, gg
pointlesseternity (8 days ago)
Better idea, introduce the Chinese
Christopher El-hosn (9 days ago)
Kd and cousins island
pepijn lem (9 days ago)
A lot of snakes eat cockroaches as well, so might be a reason for them to boom there as well
Chris McRoy (9 days ago)
Introduce some mongoose and see what happens...
Chris McRoy (9 days ago)
Why does the guy have to cuss so much? I was wanting my son to see this but jesus...
Zack Duvall (10 days ago)
The guy with the weedwhacker is the safest. Not because it chops them up or is a weapon, but because the vibration and noise scare all of the snakes. Essentially clearing a path.
Major Flash-Backs (11 days ago)
When Vice was not heavily political.
Tiny Rick (12 days ago)
A gun or machete might be handy???
Chesmond Gamingg (12 days ago)
This place reminds me of my ex’s
Darren Griffiths (12 days ago)
God I fucking hate Americans. They all seem to have a strong mental instability - yankie cunts
Tea41 (14 days ago)
This is the best dive place in Brazil.
Andrew (15 days ago)
Throw all thugs, rapist, retarded religious people, racists discriminating dumbass's, especially with superiority complex and murderers on this island please.
Alina Rani (15 days ago)
Me nervously biting my nails 😣
kickinthegob (16 days ago)
They need to introduce the ibis to the island. Those bastard birds will clear out those snakes in a month.
Matt Burns (17 days ago)
Ah He's not having a good time maybe you shouldn't have signed on for that operation if you're such a pussy
Sarah Gloria (17 days ago)
thick socks and you are good to go to meet those mortal noodles
skidrowsux1977 (17 days ago)
That reporter is a dipshit. Vice is a joke. It exaggerates and sensationalizes everything. The island is not a hellhole because has a high volume of a particularly dangerous animal. And with a Doctor present, it is untrue to state "you still have a huge probability of dying". lol wtf? Their productions and reporters seem very "college video project" level.
Son of a Rayen (17 days ago)
Surprised the camera isnt shaking from all the fright
R Curtis (17 days ago)
10,000 Mongoose would fix the infestation pretty quick.
David Delaney (18 days ago)
these vice nerds love saying fuck.
Jayden Dry (19 days ago)
It’s called a SNEK FFS! Not a snake, it’s a snek.
aryan jenil (19 days ago)
The anchor is such a sissy boy
jungle 12 (19 days ago)
What is the main food for there snakes.
Ryan Bowen (20 days ago)
They should rename the island “Kevin Durant Island.”
Jayden Colour (21 days ago)
The storm cloud is beautiful😍
James P (22 days ago)
Wtf is a poisonous snake?
Vienna (22 days ago)
Im Brazilian and its so hard to concentrate on what the people are saying with the subtitles there. Always hated them
Ardent Trixie (22 days ago)
"Would you ever go on the island?" "Eh..heh heh heh.. I think no." *Internally* 'Why the fuck are we doing this? Views. Right. Doing it for the views.'
nick drew (23 days ago)
U can't fear snakes thay are more scared of you then you are of him
z8ph0d (23 days ago)
Steven Crowder brought me here.... HOW DOES IT FUCKING FEEL, VICE??!
katthefantastic (25 days ago)
Why don't they ware bells like in India? I always do when I'm in the woods.
Daniel Mitchell (26 days ago)
I feel that they should send all of the world's most worst criminals to that island and make sure that they can't make it off until they are dead
Khaleesi Romaerys (27 days ago)
This is also a good place for people who want to commit suicides. Easy kill just wait one hour! And enjoy the nature. 😄
Khaleesi Romaerys (27 days ago)
A good place to dispose criminals that murder or rape people. 😄 and make a reality tv show titled: “Escape from Snake Island."
Klutch Krazy (27 days ago)
23:18 How is that inconsistent. He said he would never go. But then he said he COULD if he wanted to. Fucking dumbass reporters always lying and stretching the story as much as humanly possible.
zero (27 days ago)
should of sent obama here for his great service to the united states
gabmig mago (29 days ago)
So you're pretty sure you are going to die?but did you die?
N E (1 month ago)
SNAKES!! why it has to be snakes???
Rounie (1 month ago)
Jeez... I swear too but this guy way overdoes it... especially as an anchor. What were you thinking vice? Oh wait, you're vice. You don't think! xD
Glen (1 month ago)
Movie title ‘Snakes on an Island’
Hashpotato (1 month ago)
what kind of peasant wears their shoes to bed?
greenliongirl07 (1 month ago)
+Hashpotato Might just be laziness then. Or he was that afraid of the ship sinking in the middle of the night, but I don't know much about boats.
Hashpotato (1 month ago)
nah i was talking about in the ship when he was goin to bed and nearly hit the other guy in the head with his boot lol
greenliongirl07 (1 month ago)
Well, I guess so you wouldn't risk stepping on a snake putting your boots on. Only thing I can think of and it does make sense. They can get just about anywhere and a boot might look like a nice den to them.
T.A.P. Gaming (1 month ago)
Sounds like a wonderful place to send these idiotic Leftist Socialists who claim to be Liberals and Democrats. #SendTheFuckingCommiesToSnakeIsland
rodrigo fiallos (1 month ago)
Do all± vice employees smoke crack before filming ... ???
Gerald Yap (1 month ago)
Wholey shit, I didn't know that Vice produces quality material
savydude1 (1 month ago)
Build Hillary Clinton a residence on snake island!
C1000 (20 days ago)
Send all the shills to it.
Jayden Colour (21 days ago)
Send them both
Always Here (26 days ago)
*Donald Trump
Vartan G (1 month ago)
1:06 wtf it’s El Chapo
Media Buster (1 month ago)
Waste of time ..boring.
CPN27 porfirio (1 month ago)
Is ILHA, not hija or isla
Gamer Devil (1 month ago)
What scares me is that the snakes are camouflaged and if you step on them well that won’t me good
Gamer Devil (1 month ago)
I really hate snakes And I feel really weirded out because I feel bad for the small snakes A bit
Gamer Devil (1 month ago)
Camp over night with snakes N E V E R The only snake I will ever carry must be tiny and must not have teeth
Gamer Devil (1 month ago)
Leave the serpents alone :) Reminds of riverdale
FelipeBRARSPF (1 month ago)
At 26:14, Brazillian Federal institute biologists, "american reporters" on a remote island camping trip". Of course you know what im talkin about. Tropical bloodshot eyes.
chuck nolond (1 month ago)
hey if i stuck on that iceland i cant survive...
Kash Money (1 month ago)
10:56 looks like a snake faces
nick86907 (1 month ago)
Rocket launcher.
MalignantMetalHeadUK (1 month ago)
25:37, cute little bugs.
MalignantMetalHeadUK (1 month ago)
Karina can handle my white-snake anytime.
Taylor - (1 month ago)
props to the camera crew
Mermaid Kassandra (1 month ago)
As much as I hate some people, I still don't want anyone to go here
Mediawatcher (1 month ago)
Can’t they wear full body suits to protect themselves?
David Schartung (1 month ago)
Put some honey badgers on the island
Jason (1 month ago)
This dude looks like el chapo but sounds like a white kid named tanner
Blaise A.D (1 month ago)
Jason lmao. My thoughts too
young god (1 month ago)
That's where Lord Voldemort lives now
Random Chick 29 (1 month ago)
So many spooky noodles!
wilson the conqueror (1 month ago)
Such a nice cute girl. That works with snakes! She has the biggest balls of all of em!
Chester Belloc (1 month ago)
https://youtu.be/kjaz0mynQvk?t=160 Lmao
Servetel Comm (1 month ago)
I think they should have put on overall and gumboots.
Derek Moe (1 month ago)
Tony Montana would absolutely destroy all of those cockroaches!
Tony Montana (14 days ago)
I Would.
Spoiled Sushi (19 days ago)
Lololol
Derek Moe (1 month ago)
Humans can never just leave nature the fuck alone...
Idle User (1 month ago)
I was eating lolly snakes while watching this! 😅
phenomenal954 (1 month ago)
Dang the lady called it a hellhole! I just came to see where this is so I know to not go there.
youxkio (1 month ago)
5:52 PICKLES, I love pickles!
AZNBX 241 (1 month ago)
Snakes are venomous not poisonous... 🤦‍♂️
Valdemar Jørgensen (29 days ago)
Not necessarily, there are poisonous snake. Though these of course are venomous and not poisonous.
Henrik G (1 month ago)
When Chuck Norris enters the island all the snakes runs for Sao Paolo.
Dan Maler (1 month ago)
That girl in the white shirt looks like a female version of Royce Gracie.
Beatriz Pacheco (1 month ago)
Those snakes would do a better job taking care of Brazil than the government. (i'm brazillian rip)
The Tube (1 month ago)
Suomi mainittu torilla tavataan
OhMySkillz (1 month ago)
Snakes on a plane, no snakes on an island
AtoN LorT (1 month ago)
If i would end up stranded there....i would burn everything down, and even if they put me in prison afterwards....i would have no regrets .
DieAlteistwiederda (1 month ago)
I actually like snakes a lot but I would never set foot onto this island. Don't fuck around with that many danger noodles on one small island!
Joshua Stevens (1 month ago)
Chill with God damn
Pound 4 pound (1 month ago)
This video itself make it seems like the snake itself can talk and walk🤦🏽‍♂️
Titi Omisakin (1 month ago)
25:54 she was like 5 snake bruh I dont see anything. Id lose my mind on that island.
unnew (1 month ago)
I always wondered where all my exes went!
HARLEY SHEMSHEDIN (1 month ago)
Second highest is straya
carmen vang (1 month ago)
don old trump should be dropped off there

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