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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
File photo of an albino cobra.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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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