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Crocodile Bank

Not far from Mamallapuram, 40 km south of Chennai city, this crocodile breeding and research centre was set up in 1976 by wildlife conservationist Romulus Whittaker under the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and is now managed by a Board of Trustees. This bank was started to protect India's dwindling crocodile population and to preserve the Irula (Snake catching), tribe's way of life. It occupies an area of 3.2 hectares and has already produced more than 6,000 crocodiles. There is also a snake farm where anti - venom is produced. Several  species of Indian and African Crocodiles and Alligators bred in captivity are kept here in open pools. The snake venom extractions are a great attraction to the visitors and it helps the Irulas (tribe) to maintain their way of life. Open from 8am to 6pm. Tuesday to Sunday. Monday holiday.

Contact : 
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
Centre for Herpetology, Post Bag No 4, Mamallapuram-603 104,Tamil Nadu, S. India
Phone : +91-044-27472447
Fax : +91-044-27472958
Contact : E-mail

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