Owner Critical After Pet Cobra Bite
Victim believed new pet's venom sacks had been removed
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 2:19 AM CST
The victim bought the albino cobra and two other snakes in Pennsylvania.   (WikiMedia/SMcCandlish)

(Newser) – A New Jersey man who went shopping for pet snakes over the weekend ended up in critical condition after a snake bite. The 25-year-old reptile fan was hospitalized after a bite from an albino cobra, which he had bought along with a diamondback rattlesnake and a copperhead snake, MSNBC reports.

The man apparently believed the snakes’ venom sacks had been removed, Fox notes. "Ownership of poisonous snakes in New Jersey requires special training and permits to ensure the safety of the owner and the public," local police said in a statement. It's not clear whether the victim had the necessary permit. The snakes are now in the care of the state's Fish and Wildlife department.

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wyle
Feb 2, 2011 3:00 PM CST
He bought a copperhead an albino cobra, a diamondback rattlesnake and got bit. Who woulda thought...
beckjr2000
Feb 2, 2011 11:30 AM CST
No sane person should have a poisonous snake of any kind much less a cobra!
DontLikeYou___
Feb 2, 2011 9:55 AM CST
The 25-year-old reptile fan was hospitalized after a bite from an albino cobra, which he had bought along with a diamondback rattlesnake and a copperhead snake I've spent most of my life avoiding those snakes. This guy is not very bright.