Which Country Doesn’t Have Snakes?

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There are a handful of countries where you’ll never have to worry about running into a snake.

Australia

The mainland of Australia is home to a large number of venomous snakes including the eastern brown snake tiger snake and black snake. But there are also many non-venomous snakes such as the blind snake brown tree snake and keelback snake. So how did Australia become a snake-free zone?

The answer may lie in the fact that Australia is an island. It’s thought that snakes first arrived in Australia millions of years ago when the continent was still part of the supercontinent Gondwana. When Gondwana began to break up Australia drifted away from other landmasses and the snakes that were once able to travel to the continent were cut off.

Today there are a few species of snakes that are found on some of Australia’s offshore islands but these snakes are not thought to be harmful to humans.

New Zealand

New Zealand is another country where you won’t find any snakes. Like Australia New Zealand was once part of Gondwana and it’s thought that snakes first arrived on the continent millions of years ago.

But when Gondwana began to break up New Zealand was one of the first landmasses to drift away. This means that the snakes that were once able to travel to the country were cut off and unable to colonize the land.

There are a few species of snakes that are found on some of New Zealand’s offshore islands but these snakes are not thought to be harmful to humans.

Iceland

Iceland is another snake-free country. The island is home to a variety of wildlife but snakes are not one of the species that you’ll find there.

It’s thought that snakes first arrived in Iceland millions of years ago when the island was still part of the supercontinent Laurasia. When Laurasia began to break up Iceland drifted away from other landmasses and the snakes that were once able to travel to the island were cut off.

Today there are a few species of snakes that are found on some of Iceland’s offshore islands but these snakes are not thought to be harmful to humans.

Greenland

Greenland is another country where you won’t find any snakes. The island is home to a variety of wildlife but snakes are not one of the species that you’ll find there.

It’s thought that snakes first arrived in Greenland millions of years ago when the island was still part of the supercontinent Laurasia. When Laurasia began to break up Greenland drifted away from other landmasses and the snakes that were once able to travel to the island were cut off.

Today there are a few species of snakes that are found on some of Greenland’s offshore islands but these snakes are not thought to be harmful to humans.

Antarctica

Antarctica is the final snake-free continent. The continent is home to a variety of wildlife but snakes are not one of the species that you’ll find there.

It’s thought that snakes first arrived in Antarctica millions of years ago when the continent was still part of the supercontinent Gondwana. When Gondwana began to break up Antarctica drifted away from other landmasses and the snakes that were once able to travel to the continent were cut off.

Today there are a few species of snakes that are found on some of Antarctica’s offshore islands but these snakes are not thought to be harmful to humans.