The Chennai Snake Park Trust is a not-for-profit NGO constituted in 1972, by a group of like-minded naturalists including herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, his mother Doris Norden Chattopadhyaya, M. Krishnan and Harry Miller, Dr. M.V. Rajendran, and A.N. Jagannatha Rao, S. Meenakshisundaram. Subsequently, B. Vijayaraghavan an I.A.S officer and a naturalist, Drs. V. Krishnamurthy and A.V. Gopalakrishnan, veterinarians and Dr. R.J. Ranjith Daniels, a leading wildlife biologist contributed a lot to its honing. Currently, the Trust is managed by a group of twelve Trustees. Seven of the trustees are elected and five are ex officio.
As of now, the Snake Park has on display, 20 species of Indian snakes, all three species of Indian crocodilians, two species of exotic crocodiles, three species of Indian turtles/tortoises, four species of Indian lizards and two species of exotic reptiles (green iguana, slider turtle) making a total of 34 species.SCHEDULE A VISIT