Captured: Albino Monocled Cobra on Loose in Southern California
September 3, 2014
UPDATE: the monocled cobra has been captured by Los Angeles County animal control officers. The officers used snake tongs to grab the snake that had been hiding under a pile of wood in the backyard in which it was last spotted. It was sent to the Los Angeles Zoo and will then be sent to the San Diego Zoo.
An albino monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) that has already bit a dog is on the loose in the Southern California community of Thousand Oaks. The venomous snake bit a dog on Monday and has not been seen since.
According to a KTLA 5 news report, the snake is about four feet in length and the dog was taken to an animal hospital in critical condition. The owner has not been identified. Possessing a cobra of any kind is restricted in California, and is limited for research and scientific purposes only.
KTLA 5 screen grab
A monocled cobra ios on the loose in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The monocled cobra is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The snake grows to around 7-8 feet in length and are usually found in grasslands, scrublands and forests as well as human settlements and cities. They feed on small mammals such as rodents, and other snakes.