Not in Australia! Seven of the 10 most poisonous snakes in the world live there, but you're not likely to get bitten unless you’re a rodent.
The place where you're most likely to die of a snake bite is Sri Lanka. In fact, six of every 100,000 deaths each year are due to snake bite. In 2008, 33,000 snake bites were recorded by the Sri Lankan government — in comparison, only about 3,000 bites are recorded each year in Australia. The high death rate in Sri Lanka may be due in part to the high population density; in 1995, there were about 281 people per square kilometer (about 282 people per square mile). People choosing to live in remote locations may also have an impact — in 1981, the census recorded 78.5% of the population living in rural areas.
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