Plenty of people dream about visiting a tropical island where they can unwind on the beach and let their worldly worries drift away. But in real life, many of these islands, even the beautiful ones with pristine beaches, hold unknown dangers.

Ilha da Queimada Grande, a little island off the coast of Brazil, looks harmless from a distance. As you approach, it seems like a great place to go rock climbing or relaxing on the beach.

But this island has another name, and when you hear it, you’ll understand why no tourist has set foot there in years.

Ilha da Queimada Grande is a beautiful little island located off the coast of Brazil.  


But it also goes by another name, Snake Island, and you can probably guess why.


The island possess an astonishingly high density of snakes. In fact, it’s estimated that there is one snake per ever square meter.


Most of these snakes are golden lanceheads, which are highly venomous. As many as four thousand of them live on the island.


The golden lanceheads aren’t alone either. There are dozens of other species, many of them equally dangerous.


Today, humans are forbidden by the government from living on the island or even visiting without special research permits.


This is like something out of a horror movie! If the government wants us to stay away from this snake-filled nightmare island, I think I’m totally OK with it.

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