Viper Island


The saw-scaled viper
The saw-scaled viper, Echis carinatus, is considered the deadliest snake in the world, according to Britannica. This type of snake is said to be responsible for more human deaths than all other snake species combined. The venom of the saw-scaled viper is not as lethal as other snakes, but it is far more aggressive.

Why is Viper Island famous?

Viper in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was found near the island. This small island was the site of the jail where the British used to imprison convicts and political prisoners.

What is the history of Ross Island?

Ross Island Penal Colony was a convict settlement that was established in 1858 in the remote Andaman Islands by the British colonial government in India, primarily to jail a large number of prisoners from the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Indian Mutiny.

What country owns Snake Island?

The island has been known since classical antiquity, and during that era hosted a Greek temple to Achilles. Today, it is administered as part of Izmail Raion of Ukraines Odesa Oblast. The island is populated, reported to have under 30 people in 2012.

Are vipers aggressive?

Most snakes are harmless to humans, and even dangerously venomous ones are unlikely to bite us or to inject much venom. But the saw-scaled viper is a rare exception. Its aggressive and hard to spot. Its common to parts of the world that are densely populated by humans.

Why Ross Island is abandoned?

Unable to defend the islands, the British fled and, over the course of three years of Japanese occupation, Ross Island was pillaged for raw material and vandalized to build bunkers. Allied forces recaptured the islands in 1945 and soon after, the entire penal colony was permanently disbanded.

Can I go Ross Island?

Ross island is one of Port Blair citys closest islands and can be easily reached via a short (15 minutes) boat ride from the Aberdeen Jetty (inside the water sports complex). You can reach the jetty by renting a Taxi or auto-rickshaw. This island is easily visible from the east coast of Port Blair.

Is Ross Island worth a visit?

One of the best things about visiting the Ross Island is the history associated with it. The island has an avid collection of some of the oldest British and Japanese structures in India, that shows the luxurious life of Britishers after they occupied Andaman.

Why did Russia give up Snake Island?

œUnable to withstand the impact of our artillery, missile and aviation units, the Russian occupiers have left Snake Island.

Do humans live in Snake Island?

Snake Island is uninhabited now, but people used to live there for a short period up to until the late 1920s when, according to legend, the local lighthouse keeper and his family were killed by vipers that slithered in through the windows.


Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a briefing that its forces left the island œas a gesture of goodwill. He added that œthe Armed Forces of the Russian Federation finished fulfilling the assigned tasks in Snake Island and withdrew the garrison that had been operating there.


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