escaped cobra found
Elvis, the missing king cobra snake, was returned to its owner’s home near Orlando after being on the loose for more than a month.
A woman who lives about a half-mile from owner Mike Kennedy called Orange County’s animal services Wednesday night after hearing hissing sounds coming from under a clothes dryer in her garage.
Three animal services officers captured the 10-foot snake using special tongs. The snake was too large for a traditional snake box so the animal services officers placed Elvis in a cat cage and put it in a soft carrier for extra security.
Florida wildlife officials are no longer searching for a king cobra that escaped from an Orlando home earlier this month.
Officials say they believe the venomous snake is still somewhere on its owner’s property and that the agency is checking in with the owner to make sure he is looking.
Still, one parent, whose child’s school nearby was affected by the loose snake, wasn’t happy.
“If he (the snake owner) really cared, he’d be out there every day of the week looking for it. I mean if it was my snake, which I wouldn’t have it in the first place, I’d be out there every day of the week,” parent Shauna Parnell said.
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8-foot cobra Orlando
Authorities in Orlando are searching for a king cobra that recently escaped, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
The escaped king cobra was reported Wednesday to the FWC by its owner, a licensed and bonded individual, officials said.
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on their Facebook page:
All hands are on deck as we continue to search this morning for an escaped king cobra in the Orlando area. The snake, approximately 8 feet long, was reported missing yesterday by its permitted owner. Report any cobra sightings to our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922).
An Orange County Public Schools representative said Clarcona Elementary School was the only school affected by the snake search.
Parents and neighbors are especially wary.
“They need to do something about these types of animals around the schools,” said parent LeRoy Bell. “It’s troubling. If I (didn’t have) to pick my son up today, I was going to come down and get him anyway.”
The privately owned nonnative, venomous snake was reported to have escaped within the past 24 hours in the 4800 block of North Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, according to FWC.
The green-and-yellow male snake is 8 feet long and looks identical to the image provided by FWC above. FWC officials said the above photograph is of a longer female at the same location.
The animal is a snake hunter, FWC said. All other venomous snakes are in their locked cages and are accounted for.
Officials said a permit is required to possess a king cobra and owners are required to report escaped animals immediately.
FWC officers and staff canvassed the area Wednesday evening in search of the snake. Officials said anyone who may come across the snake is asked that people do not try to handle it and report the sighting to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).