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Officials Searching for Cobra That Slithered Out of Florida Home

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    Police and wildlife officials are searching for a tan and yellow monocle cobra that apparently escaped from an Ocala, Florida home.

    The snake escaped Monday night.

    Residents in the area are urged to use caution until the venomous snake has been captured. There is a school in the area, Wyomina Park Elementary, but students are on spring break this week.

    Although reclusive by nature, cobras are highly venomous and will strike out if they feel threatened.

    The monocled cobra is native to Thailand and is considered to be one of the deadliest reptiles.

     

     

    (Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017)

    Police and wildlife officials are searching for a tan and yellow monocle cobra that apparently escaped from a Florida home.    

    The Ocala Star-Banner reports a man was shadowing the snake's owner so he could get a license to handle poisonous or venomous reptiles and snakes. He was at the home late Monday while the owner was working.   

    Police say he opened the cover of the cage and the snake jumped at him and then slid away. The man called the owner who rushed home. When they couldn't find the snake in the sealed room, they called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.   

    Neighbors told the newspaper they were notified overnight about the missing snake. Wildlife officials say the apprentice shouldn't have been left alone in the sealed room.

    Anyone who sees the snake is asked to call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or *FWC.