Snake Island

The Island of SnakesIf you are interested in reptiles and birds, you should not miss the snake island in Dalian City. The snake island in Lushunkou District and the bird shed in Laotie Mountain are called “marvelous spectacles of the world”. The snake island is the sole place where only one type of poisonous snakes is densely distributed in the world. The Laotie Mountain is the place through which the migratory birds necessarily pass during the migration between the north and the south. There are more than 200 species and millions of migratory birds including tens of national first class and second class protective birds resting here every year.
 
In August, 1980, with the approval of the State Department, the two places were listed as the national key nature reserves. Tens of thousands of Pallas pit vipers live on the snake island. It is extremely venomous. One gram of its venom may poison 1,000 rabbits and thirty thousand doves and 0.1 gram can kill people. Whenever migratory season, birds gather together and the snake island becomes the world of birds. The coexistence of snakes and birds also provides abundant food for the Pallas pit vipers which feed on birds. Hence, they multiply generation after generation and gradually enlarge their family.
 
In Lushun, there is a snake museum which in addition to exhibits is home to relevant research. This is the prime Snake Eco-museum in Asia, and its hundreds of viper specimens ensure plenty of excitement for visitors. Also, the Snake-Island Natural History Museum is also well worth seeing.

Location: Lushunkou District, Dalian
Entrance Fee: RMB 120
Transportation: Take long-distance bus at Lushun Station and get off at Dongtuozi Port, the boat(9:30,13:30) will take you there.

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