The Chennai Crocodile Bank is located about 44 Km from the Chennai city. This crocodile bank houses several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators. Here, the crocodiles are kept in their natural environment in open pools and can be viewed from safe proximity. The Crocodile farm at Chennai was set up to increase the crocodile population of the wildlife sanctuaries in the country.
The Crocodile Bank is spread over an area of about 3.2 hectares. The
bank offers a green bed of tropical vegetation, which provides
sufficient shade to the crocodiles inside the bank. The crocodile Bank
has about seven crocodilian species including three Indian types. The
Indian species include the 3.6-meter long Marsh/Mugger variety (which is
the most widely distributed species), the four to five meter long
Gharials (the crocodile with the longest jaw) and the saltwater
crocodiles, the largest of reptiles.
The Chennai/Madras Crocodile Bank was started to protect the dwindling
crocodile population. This bank has already produced more than 6,000
crocodiles till now. One more attraction is the snake farm where anti
venom is produced. The snake venom extractions are a great pull to the
visitors to the bank.
Crocodiles perform a significant ecological role as predators and
scavengers. In their role as scavengers and predators, they help to
raise the genetic quality of their prey by feeding on the sick, weak and
injured fish. It is interesting to note that the Crocodile Bank also
conducts research on turtles and monitor lizards, which are crocodile's
environmental partners, found in common environs. In India, there are
about 26 species of turtles, of which many are endangered.
How to Reach the Crocodile Bank
Chennai is the nearest airport and connected with all the major cities
The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29 km) and Chennai (42
There are regular bus services available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram,
Chengalpattu and Chennai. The Crocodile Bank is on the way to