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Bio Ken, the snake farm in Watamu

Not only reptiles, but also a study center and antidotes

17-08-2020 di redazione

The Bio Ken Snake farm in Watamu is definitely one of the most interesting and useful places to visit in the tourist town.
The structure that houses the largest collection of snakes in East Africa, was founded in 1980 by James Ashe.
It is not only a snake and reptilian to visit, but a real research center that deals with reptiles, in particular snakes and snake bites with related studies on poisons and antidotes.
Located less than 5 minutes drive from Watamu hotels, it is open to the public.
There are about 127 different species of snakes in Kenya.
Of these only 18 have caused human casualties and only 6 more could kill.
Another 10 could cause a lot of pain and the remaining 93 or so are neither poisonous nor dangerous. At Bio Ken they explain what these snakes are and much more.
"Teaching people how to behave and trying to reduce the probability of being bitten by a snake is fundamental - explains manager Boniface Momany, who has worked at Bio Ken since 2003 - we offer behavioural advice to groups of people who live or work in places where snakes can cause problems, for example safari camps, construction sites and many other situations, and also to school groups and tourists who can see and learn about them thanks to the knowledge given by Bio Ken's highly trained staff.
Bio Ken Farm hosts students who show interest and willingness to work with them, acquiring knowledge and practice with snakes.
Emergency number for snake bites and to book guided tours +254 718 290324


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