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World’s Deadliest Island: Where NOT to go on Your Next Vacation (Video)

Planning a tropical getaway? Relaxing on the beach with a good book and a cold drink sure sounds like a nice time… just go ANYWHERE but Ilha da Queimada Grande, or as it’s better known Snake Island.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Snake Island just sounds like a cheesy name from a bad movie from the 80s but the name could not be more spot on. If anything, the name does not quite fully express things. You see, Snake Island didn’t gets its name just by having a large number of snakes on it — Snake Island is said to have an astonishing 5 snakes per 1 square meter! (Scientists say this estimate is too high, and it’s more like a mere 1 snake per square meter, but that still makes for 430,000 snakes.)

Snake Island, home of over 430,000 golden lanceheads

Snake Island, home of over 430,000 golden lanceheads

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As if things could not get any worse, the type of snake, golden lanceheads, which inhabit the deadly island off the coast of Brazil are extremely dangerous even when found alone. Their venom is extremely poisionous and the genus which they are a member of is responsible for 90% of deaths by snake bite in Brazil annually.

The island is considered so dangerous these days by the Brazilian government that their citizens are forbidden from accessing it, but at one time there was a lighthouse keeper whose family lived with him. Stories say that the family met their fate one night when the man, his wife and three children were sleeping peacefully when they were awaken by lanceheads pouring in through their open windows. Their attempts to flee to safety were hopeless, and they became victim to the terrifying island.

Its genus is responsible of 90% of snake-related deaths in Brazil every year

Its genus is responsible of 90% of snake-related deaths in Brazil every year

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I’ll be sleeping with my windows closed far away from the coast of Brazil tonight, but you can check out this video below for more on the island.

Source: wikipedia, atlasobscura