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King cobra escapes and is on the loose in Orlando, Florida

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Sep 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-03 16:54:07-04

An escaped king cobra was reported today to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) by its owner, a licensed and bonded individual.  The privately owned nonnative, venomous snake was reported to have escaped in the 4800 block of North Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. The snake is approximately 8 feet in length and is green and yellow in color. A permit is required to possess a king cobra and owners are required to report escaped animals immediately. This photo is an example of the type of snake FWC is looking for.

A word of advice to the people of Orlando. Before you step outside Thursday or send your pet out into the backyard, take a little extra time to look around first.

Especially if you live near the 4800 block of North Apopka Vineland Road.

There’s a king cobra on the loose.

The snake’s owner describes him as 8-feet long — not very big as king cobras go — but he still a very venomous visitor to central Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says if you come across the snake, do not try to catch it. You’re probably thinking, “no problem,” right now.

According to National Geographic, king cobras are shy when it comes to humans, but if cornered, that’s when they get riled up.

A bite from one can kill an elephant.

The king cobra’s owner is licensed to own the deadly snakes and told authorities the other venomous snakes, including a female king cobra, in the home are in their enclosures. The missing snake slithered out within the past 24 hours, wildlife officials said Wednesday afternoon.

The snake is green and white and is probably hunting for other snakes, lizards or small mammals.