19/05/14

Milking venomous snakes in Thailand

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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.