Real Jurassic Park island home to venomous snakes that ‘melt human flesh’

93 miles off the coast of Brazil lies the small island of Ilha da Queimada Grande, otherwise known as Snake Island, as it's home to thousands of venomous serpents that make it one of the deadliest places in the world.

This real-life Jurassic Park is a strange natural anomaly which has been separated from mainland Brazil for thousands of years after sea levels rose following the last Ice Age.

When this happened, all that was left on the island were the snakes, who were forced to adapt aggressively to survive.

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The only snake that exists on the island is a breed known as the golden lancehead pit viper, a critically endangered species.

Over the many years the island has been isolated, this snake population has exploded and it's currently thought that one to five snakes can be found on every square meter of the island.

The only source of food for this rapidly expanding snake population is the ready supply of sea birds that visit the island to lay their eggs.

But in order to sustain themselves, the vipers underwent a terrifying evolution with their venom now 3 to 5 times stronger than those of snakes found on the mainland and capable of 'melting human flesh'.

Indeed, should a human be exposed to the venom it's thought that it can cause brain haemorrhage, internal bleeding, and kidney failure.

There is only one building on the island, an automated lighthouse designed to steer ships away from accidentally stopping there.

Tragically, this lighthouse wasn't always automated.

Historicmysteries reports that in the 1920s a family lived on the island to maintain the lighthouse.

One night while they slept, snakes crept into the lighthouse and bit them.

Cut off from the urgent medical care they required, the whole family died within a few hours.

Perhaps unsurprisingly locals go nowhere near the island, referring to it as the 'island of death'.

The only human activity on Snake Island today comes in the form of specially trained Brazilian army expeditions that routinely maintain the lighthouse.

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Many scientific expeditions have also taken place on the island to study the snakes, however, the Brazillian government is notoriously reticent to grant permission for these treks.

Instead, they are content to leave the island to the snakes, who have made it one of the most inhospitable places on the planet.

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