14 different species of Crocodile
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About Crocodile Bank
Located towards 40 kms South of Chennai, Madras Crocodile bank was found in the year 1976 on the side of Bay Of Bengal. The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust was started by Romulus Whitaker and few others of same motive. Started to preserve the endangered species of Indian crock like Crocodylus paluster, the gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, and the saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, the crocodile bank grew to breed 5000 and currently holds over 2400 Crocodilians of 14 different species. Today, the Madras Crocodile Bank has 12 different endangered species of turtles and tortoises, five species of snakes, including the King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, water monitor lizards, Varanus salvator salvator, two species of pythons and albino cobras. A conspicuous and first-of-its kind the Crocodile Bank is India's leading institution for herpeto faunal conservation, research and education.
The crocodile bank Chennai is home to some of the finest African and Indian breeds of Crocodile. Sprawling on 3.2 hectares of lush green land, the Crocodile Bank houses a wide range of Indian alligators, lizards and turtles. Over a period of time, the Crocodile Bank has supplied crocodile eggs, snakes, water monitor, lizards iguanas for breeding programs and for exhibits. The bank also provides surplus reptiles for transferring to any other zoo and exchange. The bank is home to innumerable species of Gharials, Morlet's Crocodile, American Alligator, Dwarf Crocodile from Africa and Siamese crocodile. Additional trivia is provided on these crocodile species. The Snake Farm inside crocodile bank territory is an additional surprise for those who visit the park. One of the famous characteristic of Snake Farm is producing anti venom and its demonstrations draws crowd in thousands. You can befriend these reptiles and join their family reunion in a sunny afternoon. And their charm lies in the fact that the crocodiles have not changed in appearance since pre-historic times.
The park prohibits to fear the crocodiles in the bank. Just take a stroll to find out hundreds of crocodiles lying around pools of mossy green water, piled over each other. Although the bank has 14 different species of crocodiles from around the world the biggest attraction is salt water crocodile known to be Jaws III. This species is seventeen feet long and weighs over a ton and is extremely feirce.
Accessing Crocodile Bank
The nearest airport is Chennai and it is linked through a wonderful network to various parts of the world.
The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (42-km).
There are buses available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram daily. The Crocodile Bank is on the way to Mahabalipuram. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Chennai (Madras) or Mahabalipuram.