Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Slithery Attraction of Perlis

Snakes are not one of my favourite animals but a visit to Perlis would not be complete if we missed the only snake farm in Malaysia.

I was accompanying a good friend, Alreaq, for his business trip to Kangar in his brand new white pick up truck. The 650km drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kangar in the Ford Ranger XLT 2.2 Turbo Diesel was a very pleasant one and the truck’s breakthrough engine technology felt very responsive and smooth. Of course the six speed gearbox helps.  

The Ford Ranger reached the Snake and Reptile Farm, located at Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve near Sungai Batu Pahat at 2pm on a Saturday. I carefully chose a parking lot under a big tree to give some shade for the pick up. Situated about 10km from the state’s capital Kangar, the farm was initially set up more than 30 years ago as a research facility to develop serum for snakebites. I could see a large number of university students from a neighbouring state coming in two busloads.  

We proceeded and bought our entrance tickets. It was RM 4 per adult. We also needed to pay RM 1 per camera. However, camera phones were allowed without any charge.

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