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Dong Tam Snake Farm

"It was a combination of a snake farm and a small zoo combination, with quite old fashioned things and conditions for the animals. Presumably it does well by providing venom for making venomous snake bite antidotes."


Dong Tam Snake Farm

          If you're interested in a new experience during your trip to Vietnam, Dong Tam Snake Farm is a great place to get that experience. Everything is completely different on this snake farm from the rest of the Mekong Delta. It doesn't give you the same feeling of lush fruit plantations, or floating markets or narrow canals shaded by green coconut leaves, but it's a good chance to learn about snake species in the Mekong Delta.

Dong Tam Snake Farm is located just 9 kilometers from My Tho city center. The Dong Tam Snake Farm is a unique and impressive ecotourism destination. If you have had the idea that snakes are scary and extremely dangerous, Dong Tam Snake Farm will help you change your mind. Actually, there are many snake species that are very friendly and non-poisonous.
The purpose of the Dong Tam location is:

  • to breed snakes for antidote,
  • to grow medicinal herbs and plants
  • protect wild animals such as crocodiles, bears and wild cats.

 

Since here is the place to breed snakes for antidote, it has helped thousands of people with snake bites so far.

  • The first zone is designed as a small lake surrounded by walls. In the middle are green trees where different types of snakes live. The number of snakes is so great that they look like ropes that wrap around tree branches. Frogs that live in the wet area are the food for the snakes.

  • The second zone for poisonous snakes: cobras, krait and some very poisonous species. They are bred in special cages in the form of holes or small shelters in the wild nature. Cobras are one of the most dangerous snake species and it is difficult to care for them. The caregiver may give them a maximum of 1.5 kg of food twice a week.

  • The last zone is for the pythons: the pythons are also caught and bred in iron cages. They are very large, fairly quiet and often roll around large tree trunks.


Dong Tam Snake Farm
 

Gift extraction is a complex and difficult job. In one year, experts perform only about ten venom extracts on one hose. Each extraction produces only 1-2 drops of poison. 10 g of poison is used to make a quantity of snake bite serum, enough for Vietnam's demand in one year.
 

 

Tips for a trip to the Dong Tam Snake Farm:

  • If you are lucky you can witness expert gift extraction.

  • There is a museum with over 50 rare snake specimens, 40 of which are from the Mekong Delta. Here It is the first snake museum in Vietnam. It is impressive to see a king cobra of 17 years old, weighing 18 kg and 4.2 meters long.

  • A visit to Dong Tam Snake Farm means an opportunity to take photos of giant pythons. It may be a scary experience, but not dangerous at all.


Dong Tam Snake Farm

 

A better place to explore the Mekong Delta is Ben Tre (in the menu).

 

 


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