The Thai Red Cross in Bangkok has a snake farm on its premises in order to educate the public, develop anti-venom to treat snake bitten patients, and promote the use of snakes to assist farmers with their crops. The exhibit includes an indoor aquarium, outdoor holding spaces, and a snake show. The location is also called the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute.
The handler above is holding a copperhead rat snake.
Below is a copperhead in an outdoor area. It was the best shot I could get of any of the snakes outside or inside. My camera isn’t very good for action shots or pictures taken in quick succession.
This handler was holding a Thai mangrove snake.
You can see a small cobra below. The man in the boots wasn’t taking the cobra very seriously.
Here is the star–the king cobra, really angry.
This handler was tough. The king cobra was on the ground and the handler calmly grabbed the snake by the back of the head.
Below is a banded krait. After visiting the snake farm, I wouldn’t mind owning a pet snake. I got the chance to hold a python and kind of fell in love.
At the time of this post, visitors can see a venom extraction at 11:30 a.m. and the snake handlers at 2:30 p.m. The host is entertaining and presents in English and Thai.
The location is at the corner of Henri Dunant Road and Rama IV Road not too far from the Silom MRT station. It is walkable from Sala Daeng BTS station.