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The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Mahabalipuram

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Learn about reptiles that inhabit this tropical region at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, which features grounds covered by coastal dune forests that provide a haven for native wildlife. See the first crocodile breeding center in Asia, which continues to protect many endangered species (mugger crocodile, saltwater crocodile, and the gharial in particular) from extinction. Look for turtles, snakes, and lizards, part of a population of over 2,400 animals sheltered here. Visit the family-friendly outdoor laboratory to observe reptiles up close and learn about their behavior, social interactions, and breeding biology. Use our Mahabalipuram journey planning app to visit The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology on your trip to Mahabalipuram, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology reviews

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  • It was lovely, though the area is small, the maintenance is good and place clean. Found many crocodiles and alligators here. Even snake lessons are also useful. Children enjoyed a lot. 
    It was lovely, though the area is small, the maintenance is good and place clean. Found many crocodiles and alligators here. Even snake lessons are also useful. Children enjoyed a lot.  more »
  • This place is very attractive and informative regarding reptiles. Kids to adult everyone will enjoy this place. You keep approximately one hour to see everything. Entry fees is ₹100 and ₹20 for... 
    This place is very attractive and informative regarding reptiles. Kids to adult everyone will enjoy this place. You keep approximately one hour to see everything. Entry fees is ₹100 and ₹20 for...  more »
  • till I visited this place I had idea of only two types of crocodile and two types of tortoise...But to my pleasant surprise here we could see variety of crocodiles and tortoises and other... 
    till I visited this place I had idea of only two types of crocodile and two types of tortoise...But to my pleasant surprise here we could see variety of crocodiles and tortoises and other...  more »
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  • Nice place to learn about crocodiles, turtles and snakes. The area is quite shaded with trees and one can also see various birds around. We also saw the snake education show where we learned about various snakes and their behaviour. Two hours will be good time to spend in this area . They do have small cafeteria. Do keep in mind that’s it is a private initiative so they have entry fee which is 100. Must visit specially for kids
  • This place is good to know about different types of crocodile and snakes. Description near each place gives a clarity about the reptiles. Also the snake show was the highlight here, where they give clear demonstration of the venom extraction and they broke the myths about snake. Clear explanation about venomous and non venomous snake was fantastic. Also they explain the precautions to be taken after snake bite was very informative. The persons who work in the snake show was doing great job and they hold good attitude. Best wishes to them.
  • All my excitement went vain seeing the maintenance of this place. Well there were so many reptiles and varieties of crocodiles here. Easy to find on Google, reasonable entrance price, clear boards history about the place makes this a must visit.some Staff are least bothered about anything while couple are good. Do visit this place to know about these wild animals and there life style, The best part of the visit for me was at the end watching the 14 feet long 30years crocodile in water was just awesome. But seriously maintenance has to get better.
  • This place is very attractive and informative regarding reptiles. Kids to adult everyone will enjoy this place. You keep approximately one hour to see everything. Entry fees is ₹100 and ₹20 for parking. Snake park entry fees ₹30. There are wide variety of crocodiles and tortoises. We were able to spot all of them but didn't get to see the feeding. Snake park 2PM to 3PM are close for lunch break. They have option for 3D show with additional pay. Had a great time looking at the crocodiles & other reptiles. A must visit place.
  • A good place to take kids to see the various reptiles. I have been to this place earlier with friends. At that time it smelled a lot. Recently visited with my wife and son. It was not smelling bad. Also was maintained really well. Max of 1 to 2 hours. Didn't try any eateries inside but they seemed good. Car parking was available for a token of 20 rupees.

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