The Snake Park is situated in the Guindy National Park which is one of the smallest National Parks in India and a popular picnic spot in Chennai. The Madras Snake Park Trust (MSPT) was established in 1972. Since then it has been home to a large variety of snakes like the deadly King Cobra, Pythons, Vipers, Adders and other reptiles. The Park has been breeding species of the endangered Pythons like the Rock Python and Reticulated Python. It is also home to a variety of tortoise and turtles like the endangered Star Turtle. There are also Geckos, Lizards, Indian Monitor Lizards, Chameleons and a variety of butterflies and insects.
The Park also houses a Museum which aims to give information and correct common misconceptions about snakes and their surroundings. Various periodicals and articles have been published by the Museum authorities. Venom extraction demonstrations and other lectures are regularly organized in Hindi, Tamil and English.
Close to the Snake Park is a children\'s park with a big playground, rides, swings, elephant rides and pony rides.
The park is 14 kms from the main city centre and is easily accessible by local trains, local buses, auto rickshaws and taxis.