Cobra Escapes, Is on the Loose in Florida

Pet snake escaped from its room
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2017 1:23 PM CDT
In this Dec. 18, 2015 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, an 18-inch, one-year-old Indian cobra is shown.   (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)

(Newser) – If you're in the area around Ocala, Fla., watch out: A pet cobra escaped from its home Monday night and a search has been launched. Per First Coast News, police and the state Fish and Wildlife Commission are urging residents to "use caution" until the 2-foot-long snake is found—cobras are highly venomous, and though they normally keep to themselves, they will attack if they feel threatened. Anyone who spots the missing snake is to stay away, but call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline. Per, the snake's owner thinks one of his large lizards may have eaten the snake, but X-rays of the lizard's stomach are so far "inconclusive." (Read more Florida stories.)

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