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Captured: Albino Monocled Cobra On Loose In Southern California

UPDATE: the monocled cobra has been captured by Los Angeles County animal control officers. The officers used snake tongs to grab the snake that

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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.

 


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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.


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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. 

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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.