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“Move slowly”
Review of Snake Temple

Snake Temple
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Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This place has live pit vipers hanging just above your head. I could've reached out and touched them very easily. Supposedly, the incense burned throughout the day makes them sleepy. They people bring offerings, usually eggs, to the snakes. At night, the incense stop burning and the snakes wake up and eat the eggs. The snakes are free to move wherever they want. They did appear to be rather lifeless, but I still felt the need to move slowly and watch where I was walking. They also breed snakes in the garden out back. This was also a little unnerving. The snakes are in a pit with trees for them to rest in. Many of the trees overhang the enclosure, as in right where I was standing. I was constantly looking for snakes in the trees. You can have your picture taken for about 30 ringgits with a python and a defanged pit viper. I did that and felt pretty safe. However, in the room where everyone is focused on the snakes people are getting their pictures with, fail to realize that there are poisonous pit vipers just over their heads. You have to pay attention at this temple and be aware of where you are walking and what is over your head. Other than the uniqueness of the snakes, this temple is not worth driving out of your way to see. There are many others that are far more interesting.

1  Thank MelandGeo
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Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

The temple contained some little snakes that seemed very sleepy. Outside the temple there is a bigger one, you can take a picture with it but I believe they asked 30 RM.
Next to the temple there is a snake farm which I found horrible. All snakes in glass boxes and even 3 monkeys who seemed very distressed. Please don't help this kind of business

1  Thank Wouter2014
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

A lot of reviews about this place speak of a lack of snakes to be seen in the temple, even though it is called a snake temple. How very wrong this statement is. The actually snake sanctuary is not in the temple itself, but just on the right hand side of the main temple building. As you enter the temple, the first thing that overwhelms you is the thich incense smoke of the burning joss sticks. There sre some small pet vipers on sticks hanging around lazily around the statue of the snake deity.

Make your way to the snake farm and be prepared for a surprising snake surprise. There is the biggest python that i have ever seen in my life, close to 27 feet long and weighing over 200 kilo. There is a warning sign on its cage saying that you may enter the cage, but there is no guarantee that you may exit. There is also the biggest king cobra that i have ever seen in my life, and thankfully it is behind a safe glass cage. The highlight of the visit was thge snake show, where the snake charmer kisses the head of a king cobra. The highlight of the visit was when the snake charmer made a python kiss my face, helping me me conquer my fear of snakes. A breathtaking and unforgettable experience – not for the faint hearted.

5  Thank maxclass1
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

I didnt expect Indiana Jones type stuff but a few sleeping snakes in undersized glass boxes proved to be a disappointment. As with everything on Penang you have to pay to get in, this time into a small enclosure (under construction at the time of our visit) dubbed a snake farm. Most of the depressed specimens were coiled into corners, I was expecting something a little more 'natural' I guess.

Thank buksida
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

All snakes are alive, but sleep during the day.
If you do not believe, employee can show how they are moving))
I would recommend to see this temple on the road from the airport, so you do not make a detour (most of the attractions are located in the northern half of the island)

Thank Anton A
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