My Name is Veneno de Serpiente But You Can Call Me Vinnie

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My name is Vinny. I am a pit viper mortal na Terra , – translated from Portugese – “the deadliest pit viper on earth.” I live on an island off the coast of Brazil that is completely devoid of humans, but there are five us for every square meter of Snake Island.

Snake Island is a nickname that local fishermen and others have given to Ilha de Queimada Grande, 430,000 square meters of dense jungle, the floor of which is covered with us. I, and by extension, we, belong to the species Fer De Lance pit viper. Local legend has it that my brothers and I guard our island forest with deadly ferocity. That’s true. The English phrase, “mean as a snake" was coined by us.

My species is called “Golden Lancehead,” and I am seriously beautiful as snakes go. I am quick, aggressive and my venom is the nastiest of any snake in the world.

If you should come across me or any of the Fer de lance family, note that I am trying to kill you not out of malice, but self-defense.

I am beautiful, actually, drop dead gorgeous.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    well, i’d say you haven’t BEEN there, because that description seems to imply that if you did, you’d be dead. :) and the last line, one of my fave movies. :D

  2. Avatar Bob Liddil

    The story was “as told to” because Vinnie has difficulty with both keyboard and mouse – can’t type well on the former and keeps swallowing the latter. :)

  3. Avatar BA Boucher


    I liked the story but your comment was better

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    It was a funny comment, I have to admit. Good entry into the challenge with a touch of conceit coming through in the narrative on the part of the snake…not that I’d say that to his face.

  5. Avatar zxvasdf

    “drop dead gorgeous” is brilliant.