Butanta Institute Snake FarmApprox. Time: 1 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

The Butantan Institute has the largest collection of snakes in the tropical New World; some 50,000 specimens are kept in the Herpetological Collection, which serves as a center for the study of the distribution, taxonomy and evolution of snakes.

During the year, the Institute gives cultural extension courses on how to identify venomous snakes and insects, and teaches first aid to the army, the police and private enterprise - a total of some 2,000 students every year.

The Institute is one of Sao Paulo's major tourist attractions, and is visited by half a million people every year. The Biological Museum displays snakes and insects in their natural surroundings - an important contribution to environmental education. The collections of live snakes are universally popular - even if not universally pleasurable! - attraction.