Milking venomous snakes in Thailand
Albino monocellate An albino monocellate or monocled cobra. These snakes have a powerful venomPaola Di Bella
Red-tailed green rat snakes are not venomousPaola Di Bella
The bite of a Siamese cobra can be fatalPaola Di Bella
Extracting venom from a Siamese cobraPaola Di Bella
The process of extracting venom is called milkingPaola Di Bella
This venom will be used to produce antivenom to treat snake bites
Banded rat snakes in the outdoor serpentariumPaola Di Bella
Reticulated Python The skeleton of a reticulated python, the worlds longest snake speciesPaola Di Bella
The skull of the venomous Siamese Russells viperPaola Di Bella
Preserved snakes in the snake farms exhibition areaPaola Di Bella
Visitors can watch venom extractionsPaola Di Bella
The snake farms permanent exhibitionPaola Di Bella
The indoor serpentariumPaola Di Bella
There are more than 190 species of snakes in Thailand, of which 61 are venomous. The snake farm within the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute in Bangkok produces antivenom that can be used to neutralise bites. This is done by extracting snake venom, injecting it into horses and harvesting the antibodies the animals produce in response.
Founded in 1923, the snake farm hosts 35 species of snake, both venomous and non-venomous. Today, it also aims to inform the general public, school pupils, university students and other organisations about snakes. The farm includes a museum, a permanent exhibition and an indoor and outdoor serpentarium.