Red Cross Snake Farm in Downtown Bangkok

Yes, I realize that the title of this post sounds wrong in so very many ways. Anyone who’s seen the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok won’t be able to imagine a farm anywhere near the dense clusters of alternating skyscrapers and tin-roofed shantytowns that spread for miles. Oh, and what’s this about snakes, you say?

The Red Cross runs a “snake farm” where they develop anti-venom and perform other herpetological research. There are few places better than Thailand for such a facility.  The country has loads of poisonous snakes: cobras, kraits, pit vipers, coral snakes, sea snakes, and so on.

The admittance fee is probably the priciest museum fee we paid in Bangkok, which is not to say it’s expensive by U.S. standards –just terribly expensive by Thai standards. If you are interested in nature and wildlife, it’s worth the fee.

You can take the MRT (subway) and get off at Silom station or you can take the Silom  BTS (Skytrain) and get off at Sala Daeng station. Either way you walk west-northwest up Rama IV Road and will find the facility on the north side of the road. Find out when the snake shows and snake “venom milking” shows are for the day, so that you can get your money’s worth without hanging around all day.

White-lipped Pit Viper

White-lipped Pit Viper

Banded Krait

Banded Krait

A technician walking his pet cobras

A technician walking his pet cobras

A cobra with a cool ZERO on its back

A cobra with a cool ZERO on its back

 

twin cobras

twin cobras

King Cobra

King Cobra

 

one of the snakes in formaldehyde

one of the snakes in formaldehyde

 

shedding snake

shedding snake

Me and python

Me and python

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Red Cross Snake Farm in Downtown Bangkok

  1. I would keep one except I’m pretty squeamish about feeding it baby rats…And I’m not sure what my partner would think of me storing frozen baby rats in the freezer….

  2. Wow…great photos. These snakes are beautiful, actually, although I think I’d use a major zoom when taking their photos. Thanks for stopping by Travel Oops and checking out the river post! Cheers.

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