Search Continues for Venomous Cobra in Florida

File image of a Cobra

File image of a Cobra

"It's a cobra. It has highly toxic venom", Workman told News 6. The owner, Brian Purdy, has a venomous reptile permit and the rest of his reptiles were accounted for.

If anyone sees this snake, they should remain at a safe distance and immediately call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922, or *FWC by cellphone. The newspaper said while Purdy was at work, the apprentice was in Purdy's sealed reptile room.

Monocled cobras are native to southeast Asia and are apparently so incredibly venomous that you need to have a freaking permit to own one.

Residents in the area are urged to use caution until this snake has been captured.

Neighbors said many small children live in the neighborhood and are being kept inside. It's still out. Don't know where it is. He said Purdy owns two other snakes ― a Gaboon viper and an African bush viper.

Owners must complete at least 1,000 hours of experience with venomous reptiles and provide two reference letters from license holders.

"He never mentioned any snakes".

Here in Central Florida, once a risky and invasive snake escapes, the natural thing to do is create some sort of parody social media account. "Deadly snakes don't belong in a neighborhood like this".

Said lizard was taken for an X-ray this morning that yielded "inconclusive" results.

Purdy said he wasn't home when the snake escaped. The man said he had made sure that the room was secured.

Licensees are inspected by the FWC at least once a year.

"Be aware that this snake is extremely venomous".

A king cobra escaped from Mike Kennedy's home near Ocoee in September 2015.

Kennedy, who was a part of the Discovery Channel program "Airplane Repo", surrendered custody of the snake in January.

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