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Travel GuideMonday, 08/28/2006, 03:13

In the world of snakes

Dong Tam Snake Farm is one of the country’s largest snake-raising centers where venom is produced for local use and export
In the world of snakes    Tran n

In the world of snakes

Tran Ngoc Tham (holding a stick), a guide at Dong Tam Snake Farm, informs visitors and offers a snake for photos

Dong Tam Snake Farm is one of the country�s largest snake-raising centers where venom is produced for local use and export.


Located some 12 kilometers from My Tho City, Tien Giang Province, the World of Snakes is a place for the animals to have a peaceful life without the impact of man. There, snakes are raised for research, and other snake-based medicines are produced to save lives.

The farm covers 12 hectares, including simulated wilderness areas, surrounded by ditches, for snakes as well as areas for other animals like sheep, ostriches, yellow tortoises, tigers, crocodiles, and others.

During a trip to the World of Snakes, experts will inform visitors about Dong Tam farm�s history, offer information about how to treat snakebites, and demonstrate venom extraction and some of its uses.

A representative of the farm said that Dong Tam saves around 500 lives annually, usually poor patients in the Mekong Delta who come to the farm when their situations become critical.

�We never seen any gold shopkeepers come to the farm by luxury car,� he joked. �But every person who comes here will be helped,� he added.

Normally, experts take venom from around 500 snakes at a time. This venom will be used to process medicine and other uses. During demonstrations for visitors, venom is taken from only one snake.

Dong Tam guides will also give tourists an opportunity to explore the farm. Those afraid of snakes shouldn�t get too close to cages, as there are many poisonous snakes like copperheads, dendrophis which lie in branches, or snakes crawling out of their holes.

At some cages, the guide even pulls a snake out for visitors to take photos of, and expounds about difference kinds of snakes.

Some snakes live in special cages, and the employees of the farm put mice out for their meals. Not all snakes are being raised for venom production; some of them will become meals for fellow creatures.

The farm offers products made from snakes such as snake medicinal wine for visitors buy.

Tourists can call (08) 822 2506 to book a tour to Dong Tam snake farm.


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