The popular Madras Crocodile Bank turns 40 in 2016. With the aim to conserve the three endangered species of crocodiles - the saltwater crocodile, the gharial, and the mugger crocodile, Romulus Whitaker founded this center for herpetology in 1976. With no exception, every traveler who visits Chennai stops by, at this reptile zoo. Read on to know what’s special about this CrocBank.
1. Spread over 8.5 acres of land, people flock here to see the different species of crocodiles.
Currently, this park houses approximately 14 species of crocodiles that include African slender-snouted crocodile, Australian fresh-water crocodile, Dwarf Caiman, Nile crocodile, West-African dwarf crocodile, American alligator, Mugger or marsh crocodile, Saltwater crocodile, Gharial, etc. You will see them either soaking in the sun, sleeping, or strolling around in their space. While clicking their pictures, maintain a safe distance.
2. The giant tortoise is not at all camera-shy, it will pose for you
This wildlife park is ideal for hanging out with your family and friends. It is home to around 10 species of turtles: Crowned river turtle, Aldabra giant tortoise, Indian soft-shelled turtle, Red-crowned roof turtle, etc.
3. For snake lovers, you can witness the snake venom extraction show
This zoo houses various species of snakes which are kept in glass boxes. They include Indian rock python, Reticulated python, Spectacled Cobra, and Green anaconda. You can also check out the enthralling venom extraction show.
4. Indulge in bird watching, it's a breeding center for beautiful water birds
You can spot birds here, enjoying their natural habitat.
5. Not just reptiles and birds, this park is home to medicinal plants as well
Green is good for the eyes. So, when you’re done seeing the crocodiles, take a look at some of the medicinal plants out there.
6. You can adopt a reptile and play a vital role in the wildlife conservation
Would love to adopt one but can’t take them home? No worries, you can pick your favorite for adoption while your baby stays here. You will receive a colored photograph of your adopted reptile, a certificate of adoption, 1-year complimentary pass for 4 members to the Croc Bank, a Facebook shout-out to thank you, and MCBT T-Shirt, and regular updates.
7. Shop at the Croc-Shop
Well, no holiday is complete without shopping. You can buy crocodile toys for your kids or T-shirts with crocodile pictures on them.
8. Don’t plan to visit this park on a Monday
It is closed on Monday. On other days, you can be here between 8:30 am and 05:30 pm. Entry Tickets: Adult: Rs.40, Children (below 10 years): Rs 20
How to reach Madras Crocodile Bank
By flight: Nearest Airport, Chennai
By train: Nearest railway station, Chengalpattu
By road: Drive towards Mahabalipuram on the East Coast Road. The approximate distance between the Crocodile Bank and Mahabalipuram is 14 km.
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