Snakes are an eerie yet charming species whose venom can easily cripple and even kill a large elephant. Throughout history snakes have been feared, admired and even worshipped. In Thailand, the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute dedicates its entire existence to the study of these intriguing species. Housing some of the most notorious names of the snake family, the institute has become one popular tourist attraction in the city.
It is an affair with snakes here at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute. It was founded in the year 1923 and is the oldest center dedicated to the study of snakes. Providing a fascinating display of these creatures, it stands second only to the centre found in Brazil and because Thailand is such a popular tourist destination it hosts hundreds of guests each day. The primary purpose of its creation was to discover anti-venom serums that could be used to treat snake bites. As such it fell under the auspices of the Thai Red Cross and till today stands as an attraction that has assisted in saving many lives. It comes as no surprise that scientists find much interest in the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute; their work is profound and their discoveries are on par with the latest in the world.
There are several poisonous snakes indigenous to Thailand. These include King Cobras, Cobras, the Branded Krait, the Russell’s Viper, a few Pit Vipers and Sea Snakes. These snakes are caught from the wild and are displayed and in the process their venom is extracted to manufacture the right anti-venom. Extraction of snake venom is an interesting process. In this snake house you will get an opportunity to watch the extractors at work at scheduled times throughout the week. You can also touch, carry and handle these poisonous snakes. A demonstration of snake handling takes place at 11 am on weekends and at 2.30 pm on weekdays.
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