Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Brazil's 'Snake Island' Is The Place Of Nightmares, We're Pretty Sure

The Huffington Post | By Emily Thomas

07/04/2014 11:54 am EDT Updated: 07/05/2014 2:59 pm EDT

This just may be the most terrifying place on Earth--at least if you happen to suffer from ophidiophobia, a.k.a fear of snakes.

Ninety miles off the coast of São Paulo, Brazil lies Ilha de Queimada Grande, or"Snake Island"--a place so filled with venomous serpents that it's been called one of the "world's deadliest islands."

Scientists estimate that up to 4,000 snakes live on the 110-acre island, with some reports indicating that you can find one snake for every six square yards. The island is "more packed with snakes than the Spanish midfield is with talent,"according to a Wall Street Journal article published ahead of the World Cup.

And these aren't just any snakes. Queimada Grande is the only known home of the golden lancehead (Bothrops insularis), one of the most venomous vipers in the world. The snake's venom is said to be three to five times stronger than that of any mainland snake, according to Smithsonian.

Oh, and it's capable of "melting human flesh."

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