Deadly Destinations: Ilha de Queimade Grande
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It’s the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World; the 710 metre tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Found in Rio De Janeiro and just one of the popular tourist attractions to be found in Brazil. However, if you’re planning on visiting the country, there is one place you might want to avoid. Found a few hundred miles from Rio or around 93 miles from Sao Paulo - another popular destination for tourists - is the Brazilian Island of Ilha de Queimade Grande. Whilst it looks quaint and perhaps even the epitome of paradise, there issnake_island one feature on the island that will soon make you change your mind. It is commonly known as Snake Island, and with good reason - it is overrun by venomous snakes. In every square metre, local legend claims there are five deadly snakes. However, a documentary on the Discovery Channel maintains that there is one per square metre. Whilst this might not sound too unnerving, the 430,000 square metre island is home to the Golden Lancehead Viper. As one of the most venomous snakes on the planet, it is accountable for 90% of snakebite related deaths in Brazil.
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