Have you heard of the Snake Island in Brazil? from KGRD's blog

What is so special about the Snake Island in Brazil?

Snake Island Is one of the Most Dangerous Places in The World due to the insane amount of golden lance head snakes found there.

Off the shore of Brazil, almost 93 miles away from São Paulo downtown, is Ilha da Queimada Grande.  The island is untouched by human developers, and for very good reason.  Researchers estimate that on the island live between one and five snakes  per square meter. The snakes live on the many migratory birds (enough  to keep the snake density remarkably high) that use the island as a  resting point.

Between one and five snakes per square meter" might not be so  terrible if the snakes were, say, 2 inches long and nonvenomous. The  snakes on Queimada Grande, however, are a unique species of pit viper,  the golden lancehead. The lancehead genus of snakes is responsible for  90% of Brazilian snakebite-related fatalities. The golden lanceheads  that occupy Snake Island grow to well over half a meter long, and they  possess a powerful fast-acting poison that melts the flesh around their  bites. Golden lanceheads are so dangerous that, with the exception of  some scientific outfits, the Brazilian Navy has expressly forbidden  anyone from landing on the island.
Locals in the coastal towns near Queimada Grande love to recount two  grisly tales of death on the island. In one, a fisherman unwittingly  wanders onto the island to pick bananas. Naturally, he is bitten. He  manages to return to his boat, where he promptly succumbs to the snake's  venom. He is found some time later on the boat deck in a great pool of  blood.

The other story is of the final lighthouse operator and his family.  One night, a handful of snakes enter through a window and attack the  man, his wife, and their three children. In a desperate gambit to  escape, they flee towards their boat, but they are bitten by snakes on  branches overhead.

Marcelo Duarte, a biologist who has visited Snake Island over twenty  times, says that the locals' claim of one to five snakes per square  meter is an exaggeration, though perhaps not by much. One snake per  square meter is more like it. Not that that should ease one's mind: At  one snake per meter, you're never more than three feet away from death.

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