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IT'S not everday you find a pit of snakes while exploring in the desert but that's exaclty what a team of adventures did in Oman.

The infamous "well of hell" was explored by an expert cave team back in 2021 and eerie images reveal exactly what they found.

5The Oman Cave Exploration Team explored the pit in 2021Credit: AFP 5The adventurers found lots of snakes insideCredit: Newsflash 5The explorers also found cave pearls, which form from a build up of calcium salts in limestone cavesCredit: Newsflash

The "well of hell" is a 100 feet wide and 400 feet deep pit in a desert in Yemen.

Some locals believe it's home to evil spirits.

That's why no one ever ventured inside it until the Oman Cave Exploration Team decided to take the plunge last year.

They didn't report anything supernatural but they did find dozens on snakes writhing around.

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The pit in the eastern province of Al-Mahra is thought to be millions of years old and the team also discovered dead animals and cave pearls.

"There were snakes, but they won't bother you unless you bother them," Mohammed al-Kindi, a geology professor at the German University of Technology in Oman, told AFP at the time.

Kindi was among eight experienced cavers who ventured into the cave, while two colleagues remained at the top.

The massive hole is officially known as the Well of Barhout, with many locals convinced the natural wonder is a prison for demons.

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Stories have circulated for centuries about mythical figures such as jinns or genies living in the well - and some regard it as the gate of hell.

Many locals are petrified of even visiting the vast pit, or talking about it in case it brings bad luck.

And the tales about the presence of evil spirits in the cave have been bolstered by the foul and toxic odours rising from its depths.

But the team who bravely decided to journey into the cave were stunned to discover grey and lime-green cave pearls, formed by dripping water.

"Passion drove us to do this, and we felt that this is something that will reveal a new wonder and part of Yemeni history," Kindi, who also owns a mining and petroleum consultancy firm, said.

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"We collected samples of water, rocks, soil and some dead animals but have yet to have them analysed.

"There were dead birds, which does create some bad odours, but there was no overwhelming bad smell."

5Some locals believe it's home to evil spiritsCredit: Newsflash 5The "well of hell" is 100 feet wide and 400 feet deepCredit: AFP

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‘We have to deal with it’ – England boss Southgate urges players to stand up to pressure and ‘take some ownership’

GARETH SOUTHGATE has told his England stars to ‘own’ the pressure as they head into next month’s World Cup.

The Three Lions will fly to Qatar on the back of a record run of SIX competitive matches without a win — and Nations League RELEGATION.

2England manager Gareth Southgate has ordered his players to "own" the pressureCredit: Getty 2England have suffered a miserable six-match winless streak ahead of the World CupCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

And England boss Southgate said: “Of course, the pressure is coming for us.

“You’re going to a World Cup. You would not choose to go into a World Cup with the run of results we’ve had. But, actually, we’re stronger for that. The players have to take some ownership.”

England finished bottom of their Nations League group, while Luke Shaw’s strike in  the 3-3 Wembley draw with Germany was a first goal from open play in 521 MINUTES.

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Southgate added: “When it’s going well, it’s enjoyable. But it doesn’t breed that hardness  you’re going to need.

"We can play friendlies where  we don’t learn so much about people.

“We’ve been tested against  high-level opposition. Players had to come through more scrutiny, a bit of pressure.

“Whether we want to delay it, make it  comfortable, in the end  that pressure is coming.

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“We have to deal with it. We might as well have it in the lead-in, because it means the players have to step up and take some ownership.

“As a team, we’ll be better for that challenging period.”

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