Snake Park & Crocodile Bank-Chennai

Long back i visited to this place with my friend,its very near to my home,Just opposite to Anna University ,Next to Cancer Institute,Guindy.This is the best place to visit with kids and Children park is beside this snake park.Entry fee is minimal,for foreign national it will be little bit more,camera is allowed,we have to pay 10 INR,for video recording it will be little bit more.Snake Park had on display 23 species of Indian snakes, all three species of Indian crocodilians, four exotic species of crocodiles, three Indian species of turtles / tortoises and six species of the larger Indian lizards making a total of 39 species.The snakes are all housed in glass-fronted reptile-friendly and visitor-friendly cages.

Large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony plates.The word “crocodile” comes from the Ancient Greek  crocodilos, “lizard “.Crocodiles are among the more biologically complex reptiles despite their prehistoric look. Unlike other reptiles, a crocodile has a cerebral cortex, a four-chambered heart,and the functional equivalent of a diaphragm, by incorporating muscles used for aquatic locomotion into respiration.Crocodiles are ambush hunters, waiting for fish or land animals to come close, then rushing out to attack. As cold-blooded predators, they have a very slow metabolism, so they can survive long periods without food.Many large crocodilians swallow stones (called gastroliths or stomach stones) which may act as ballast to balance their bodies or assist in crushing food.

Crocodile embryos do not have sex chromosomes, and unlike humans, sex is not determined genetically. Sex is determined by temperature, with males produced at around 31.6 °C (89 °F), and females produced at slightly lower and higher temperatures. The average incubation period is around 80 days, and also is dependent on temperature.

Crocodiles have smooth skin on their bellies and sides, while their dorsal surfaces are armoured with large osteoderms. The armoured skin has scales and is thick and rugged, providing some protection. They are still able to absorb heat through this armour, as a network of small capillaries allow blood through the scales to absorb heat.

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