Get Ready to See Real Anacondas in September
How many of us have visited the Madras Crocodile bank? It hosts many of the firsts and is an experience of wild life near Chennai. It provides workshops and also provides a night safari for the adventurous. Fun and informative talks every weekend about reptiles, snakes, crocodiles is an eye opener and it hosts the only underwater crocodile exhibit in India. Now it is in the news with Anacondas .. it is interesting to note the various activities of MCBT which we are covering in this news. Read on..
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) will unveil their anaconda display in the beginning of September and people will get an opportunity to view the huge reptiles that they have so far seen only in Hollywood movies.
“The enclosure that has been set up for the reptiles will replicate the south American rainforest habitat. It includes a waterbody and a land area which will allow the snakes to bask in the Chennai sunshine,” says MCBT director Colin James Stevenson. Anacondas require access to both land and water, even though they spend a lot of time in the water.
The MCBT will also put up a underwater viewing facility. Native to South America, they are the heaviest snakes.
The three yellow anacondas (Eunectes Notaeus) and two green anacondas (Eunectes murinus) were acquired as part of an exchange programme with the Protivin Crocodile Zoo in the Czech Republic. MCBT, which is the only zoo in India to house both the green and yellow anacondas, hopes that the iconic species will give a boost to their snake talks.
“People will want to see them, so we can use it to talk about snakes and dispel some of the myths surrounding them,” says Stevenson. “Our aim is to create awareness about snakes through our talks and interactions with visitors.”
Since their arrival, the anacondas have been quarantined. “They have been kept in an internal, room-sized enclosure and their health was monitored regularly ,” says Stevenson, who wanted to ensure that the reptiles were well cared for and calm enough to handle visitors viewing them before putting them on display. The settling-in period has also helped the keepers get used to the snakes’ behaviour — eating patterns, basking behaviour and shedding cycles. “Being reptiles, they do not eat everyday. We normally feed them once a week,” says Stevenson.
Two-full time snake keepers have also been trained in anaconda husbandry. Detailed observations of the snakes are made everyday and the position of each anaconda is also recorded throughout the day. “We have to ensure that we have got their enclosure habitat right,” he says. At the moment, the green anacondas are around five feet tall (1.5 metres). While the females can grow up to 16ft, the males get to be eight or nine feet. Stevenson is hopeful that the anacondas will be a major draw. “They have quite attractive markings and are a pretty species. They will be very popular with he visitors,” he says.
Activities Not to be missed!
Perhaps Croc Banks most famous ‘A’ list celebrity and one of the largest saltwater crocodiles in the world.
Jaws arrived at Croc Bank shortly after it opened in 1976 and for the first few years was housed with his brothers and sisters in what was then a fairly ordinary exhibit. However, when he started to outgrow his siblings in a truly astonishing fashion, it soon became apparent that he was no ordinary crocodile, but instead a genuine giant of freakish proportions. True to form, Jaws has grown into a real Spielberg monster, and cannot even be housed with other female crocs due to his unusually savage disposition and devastating strength. Jaws now lives alone in a large, fortified enclosure and visitors can watch him being hand fed by his keepers
Every Sunday afternoon at 04:00 pm.
Underwater Gharial Exhibit
The only underwater crocodile exhibit in India
Visitors get the unique chance to see the magnificent gharial at its best; effortlessly cruising around amongst a myriad of fish and freshwater turtles, in a giant naturalistic aquarium.
Feeding demonstrations on Sundays at: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 4:00pm (Jaws III), and 5:00pm.
Weekend Animal talks in the park
Learn from experts as they share their enthusiasm for these amazing animals, in these fun, entertaining and enlightening presentations:
11:00 am Snakes
1:30 pm Crocodiles
1:45 pm Tortoises
3:00 pm Snakes
3:30 pm Lizards
The Croc Bank maintains the natural instinct and behaviour of our animals through purpose designed activities. Such activities help to deepen our understanding towards them whilst providing them with enrichment to enhance the quality of their lives. Feeding demonstrations entail a variety of feeding techniques generally intended to encourage our larger, more sluggish crocodiles to actively ‘hunt down’ their food by strategically offering them morsels of food. Relished by the crocodiles and onlookers alike, this activity is a must.
Night is when crocodiles really come to life. The cool evening breeze coupled with the cover of darkness encourages a secret side of crocodile behaviour seldom witnessed during daylight hours. Territorial disputes, breeding activity and general high excitement around the ponds are highlights commonly experienced on night safaris.
All guests will be provided with torches and escorted around the Croc Bank by trained guides. The first visual of hundreds of glowing red eyes in the torch light never ceases to chill the spine!
Saturday and Sunday 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm (Ticket counter closes at 08:00 pm)
Rs 60 for adults and Rs.20 for children below 10 years
Close encounters – Young reptiles
The baby crocodiles, pythons and turtles are our species ambassadors representing the thousands of reptiles living at the Croc Bank. These animals are housed in special exhibits at the Young Reptiles booth that enable up close encounters. Our young ambassadors give visitors, and particularly children, the unique experience of studying the design, texture and behaviour of reptiles in a more personal and interactive manner.
General Information for visitors
Location of MCBT
From Chennai and Mamallapuram:
The Croc Bank is situated approximately 45km south of Chennai and 15km north of the tourist town of Mamallapuram. Nestled in a patch of indigenous forest and fronting the Bay of Bengal, the zoo is easily accessed by one of the many busses, taxis and auto-rickshaws that ply the scenic East Coast Road.
Phone +91-44 27472447
08:30hrs – 17:30hrs
Monday is Weekly Holiday
Adults: Rs 35/
Children less than10 yrs: Rs10/-
Camcorder: Rs 100/-
Still Camera: Rs 20/-
Posted on August 10, 2012, in Adventure, Attractions, Entertainment, Events and tagged anaconda, chennai, Croc Bank, crocodiles, East Coast Road, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, night safari, snake. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.