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Albino monocellate An albino monocellate or monocled cobra. These snakes have a powerful venom

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Red-tailed green rat snakes are not venomous

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The bite of a Siamese cobra can be fatal

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Extracting venom from a Siamese cobra

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The process of extracting venom is called milking

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This venom will be used to produce antivenom to treat snake bites

Banded rat snakes in the outdoor serpentarium

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Reticulated Python The skeleton of a reticulated python, the worlds longest snake species

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The skull of the venomous Siamese Russells viper

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Preserved snakes in the snake farms exhibition area

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Visitors can watch venom extractions

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The snake farms permanent exhibition

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The indoor serpentarium

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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.
 

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