Weligama, Sri Lanka
The Snake Farm and the DoctorIf interested in to see, photograph, touch and increase your knowledge in snake, this is the place .
Snake farm is the only farm of this type in Sri Lanka and it has a special dispensation to keep Snakes (not normally allowed in Sri Lanka) as the owner is a third generation ayurvedic practitioner and uses them to produce potions to use on locals that have been bitten. he treats two people a week on average. He has a large collection and will bring out a number of Snakes and other reptiles to see and to know about them.
In addition to the snakes, the doctor had a few other animals that he had picked up in his years of hunting for snakes - a tarantula, and some scorpions. He explained to us that tarantulas are only found in the dry plains of the North, but scorpions could be anywhere.
The species that I photographed in 2012 were; Sri Lankan Krait, Sri Lankan Pipe Snake, Common Cat Snake, Forsten's Cat Snake, Ornate Flying Snake, Viper, Spectacled Cobra, Green Vine Snake, Tarantula and Scorpion.
It was interesting to learn about which ones are dangerous and which ones are not . The most deadly snake in Sri Lanka, it turns out, is neither the most scary looking or largest. It is just a very small black snake whose bite can kill you in less than seven hours .
The location of this place is around 20-25 minute in a tuk-tuk to inland from Weligam . The local know about this place is very easy to get there, just ask around .
Enjoy it !