snake farm for three generations. Wikman Bandara (40 years old) is now in charge. His father Wijepala Bandara is 76 years old and still practices Arjuvedic snake medicine. Grandfather Gemis Appuhami died at the age of 86 in 1974.
There are 72 different snake families in Sri Lanka of which seven are very poisonous,
At the snake farm there are 20 different families present and on average 25 snakes are released into the wild every year.
It takes a bit of getting used to the fact, that the snakes are kept in pretty dull concrete boxes with wooden lids (some of them secured with an extra nail or two).