Those who visit Instituto Butantan (Butantan Institute) have the chance of knowing its serpentarium and can also enjoy its park, full of rare trees and wide paths. There are also two museums: Museu do Instituto Butantan - MIB (Butantan Museum Institute) and Museu Histórico (Historic Museum), where there are more than 60 species of Brazilian serpents and others types of snakes from four continents, apart from spiders and scorpions. The most interesting ones are in the museum. There are hooded cobras from Africa and India, boa constrictors and South American anacondas. The institute also offers a multimedia station where the public can research on Brazilian serpents. Besides serums against stings of snakes, spiders and scorpions, the institute manufactures vaccines against tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria, rabies, and tuberculosis. There, surveys on the geographic distribution, biology and systematic profile of serpents, spiders and scorpions and their respective toxins are also carried out. The institute has a hospital, Hospital Vital Brasil, open night and day, where free treatment is offered to anyone who has been stung by poisonous animals.
More InformationInstituto Butantan
Av. Vital Brasil, 1.500 - Butantã
São Paulo - SP
Fone: (0xx11) 3726-7222
Fax: (0xx11) 3726-1505