Europe, England

"In England there are no poisonous snakes or other similar reptiles; thus when such things come here from other places, they immediately lose their venom."

Curator's note:
As noted in Girolamo Ruscelli's 1561 atlas, it is actually Ireland that has no snakes, a fact Ricci mistakenly attributed to England. Although Saint Patrick has been credited with banishing snakes from Ireland, the absence of snakes is actually a geographical phenomenon resulting from snakes' inability to survive crossing the cold waters separating the island from the rest of Great Britain.