LA Suburb on Lookout for Runaway Cobra

The white snake bit a dog in Thousands Oaks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2014 5:24 PM CDT
LA Suburb on Lookout for Runaway Cobra
File photo of an albino cobra.   (Shutterstock)

Residents of Thousand Oaks, Calif., are being advised to keep their pets indoors for the creepiest of reasons: a cobra is on the loose in the neighborhood. Specifically, it's an albino monacled cobra, and authorities are sure of it because the snake bit a greyhound and the dog's owner snapped a photo, reports CBS Local. (The dog is expected to be fine.) The snake is presumably a pet that got loose, though no owner has come forward. People are allowed to keep cobras in some parts of California, though they need a permit given that the snake's venom can kill inside an hour, reports the LA Times. The snake has one thing working against it: “He’ll probably glow in the dark, he’s that white,” says one expert handler. "I'm sure we'll spot him again." (Read more Thousand Oaks, Calif. stories.)

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