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KYC – Know Your City: Snake Park

Established in: 1953 Located at: Katraj Daily footfalls: Over 1,000 in winter

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP | Pune | Published: September 23, 2013 1:29:45 am

A visit to Katraj snake park and zoo is a seasonal affair — in the summers it is a hideout for couples and in the winters a place buzzing with families who pack up their day’s food and enjoy a picnic as they visit the animals. Many schools also organise trips to the zoo for their students. One of the main attractions though is the snake pit which has 140 reptiles of 21 species including rare ones such as King cobra,which is the longest venomous snake in the world,Oriental flying snake,Bamboo pit viper and Reticulated python — the longest non-venomous snake in the world.

Onlookers crowd around the pit,with cameras to take pictures of the snakes as they slither on the walls,sometimes even reaching close to the top before falling back and starting all over again. Volunteers at the park offer information about the various species for a nominal fee. The section also features a Braille counter where visually impaired people can get information about the different types of reptiles.

As if just a trip to the zoo wasn’t exciting enough for children,the park also features jungle gym,slides,swings and other entertaining games. There is a section to measure the distance you can jump compared to how long different animals can leap. The snake park organises events to celebrate Nagpanchmi in August and spread awareness among visitors about the ill treatment of snakes. It is open 10.30 am to 6 pm and is closed on Wednesdays. Entry fee is Rs 3 per head for adults and Rs 2 for children.

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