A popular attraction of those visiting Bangkok, the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is a museums and snake farm run under the operation of the Red Cross which is known to specialize in the research, production and education of anti-venom. Originally opened as a facility to study smallpox vaccines and rabies, it has now has gone on to become one of the world’s leading centers in the study of snakes. History has it that King Rama VI granted permission and donated his private property for a government institute to produce and hand out rabies vaccine. It is at this institute that the majority of antivenin in the region is created, which is basically used for treating snakebite victims. During this process they also share their experience and knowledge about these frightening yet interesting creatures.
Located within walking distance of Bangkok’s biggest shopping district, the institute contains some of the deadliest snakes in the world such as the king cobra, banded krait and pit vipers while it is also home to other dangerous reptiles, amphibians, and insects, housed in both indoor and outdoor enclosures.
The museum consists of two floors of snakes where visitors can find information pertaining to their different species and natural habitat while you will also see preserved snake skins and skeletons exhibited on the third floor. The museum also holds a viewing section where visitors can watch handlers play around with pythons and at 11am from Monday to Friday they can witness the intricate venom extraction process. The venom collected during these milkings is used to make snake-bite antivenins, which are distributed throughout the country.
There is also a seating area at the amphitheater for demonstrations held daily and after which, those so inclined, get the opportunity to meet non-venomous, tame snakes up close.
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