The Chennai Snake Park
 


          The focal point of the Trust’s activities is the Chennai Snake Park established in 1972. It is located at Guindy, Chennai, on the Sardar Patel Road.

          The Snake Park occupies an area of one acre of land given on long-term lease by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu on a nominal rental.



The Ticket Counter


          As on 01.10.2010, the Snake Park had on display 23 species of Indian snakes, all three species of Indian crocodilians, four exotic species of crocodiles, three Indian species of turtles / tortoises and six species of the larger Indian lizards making a total of 39 species.

          The snakes are all housed in glass-fronted reptile-friendly and visitor-friendly cages.



A View of some of the snake cages

Another view of some of the snake cages


          The crocodilians and the larger lizards are in open air enclosures protected by parapet walls and wire-mesh.



The crocodiles

The gharial


          The museum-cum-aquarium displays life-size ferro-cement models of some major species of snakes and other reptiles which illustrate interesting features in their appearance and behavior. Examples are ‘combat dance’ in rat snakes and water monitors, the different hood markings in the four species of ‘true’ cobras in India, reticulated python swallowing a deer, rock python hatching its eggs, king cobra rearing its hood to a full height of over 3 ft., king cobra’s nest with eggs and hatchlings, flying snake, flying lizard, green pit viper, chameleon shooting out its one-foot long tongue to catch insects, etc. The aquarium has live exhibits of common species of sea snakes.



Museum-cum-aquarium, partial view


          All the enclosures have extensive signages giving essential information in reader-friendly formats in English and Tamil.



A sample signage

A signage with a message


          There is an Interpretation Centre constructed in 2010 with a lavish display of essential information in English and Tamil on snakes, lizards and crocodiles in eye-capturing formats in static and moving modes electronically aided.



The interpretation centre - from the outside

The interpretation centre - a partial, inside view


          The Centre also has a small auditorium for conducting classes for visiting students with the aid of a ceiling-mounted projector, wall-mounted screen and a touch-screen kiosk with facilities also for projection from the kiosk to the wall-mounted screen.



An awareness programme in progress


          The library in the Park has a good stock of books and journals on reptiles and related subjects.



The library – a partial view


          All necessary public amenities have been provided in the Park – rest areas, drinking water fountain and toilets including one specially designed for the orthopaedically handicapped and very old visitors.