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Nature Blows My Mind! Tiny Island Filled With Thousands of Deadly Snakes

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Ilha de Queimada Grande has a nickname -- Snake Island. Even though the reason for the nickname is obvious, the details are shiver-inducing. This 110-acre island off the coast of São Paulo, Brazil, is home to one of the most venemous snakes in the world, a species of pit viper called the Golden Lancehead Viper. These snakes grow to over 18 inches long, and their bite is so potent, it will actually melt the flesh around the wound. Wikipedia lists the effects of the venom of lancehead snakes as "swelling, local pain, nausea and vomiting, blood blisters, bruising, blood in the vomit and urine, intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, hemorrhage in the brain and severe necrosis of muscular tissue." And the venom of the Golden Lancehead is three to five times more potent than the lancehead species found on the mainland. Because of their deadly presence -- as many as one snake per s...

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