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Snake Island, Brazil
Snake Island, Brazil
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Brazil’s Ilha da Queimada Grande – dubbed Snake Island – is home to a dense population of one of the world’s deadliest snakes. The golden lancehead viper’s venom is so poisonous that it melts human flesh around the bite, and some claim there’s one snake per square metre in certain areas. For safety reasons, the Brazilian government doesn’t allow visitors, and a doctor is required on the team of any research visits. On the other side of the coin, check out these 15 places that have sadly been ruined by tourism.

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