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Florida neighborhood on alert for escaped cobra

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Wildlife officials in Florida say an Ocala neighborhood should be on alert for a cobra that escaped from a house late last night.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it was around 9 am Monday when Brian Purdy contacted FWC to warn them that his suphan cobra had escaped from the enclosure. A direct search by an FWC researcher and even of the local police and fire officials failed to find the snake, so that the neighbors were alarmed.

The search continues this morning, with the focus on the 900 block of NE Ninth Street in Ocala.

“Residents in the area are urged to be cautious until the snake is captured,” a FWC release warned. “Although reclusive by nature, cobras are very poisonous and will strike if they feel threatened.

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FWC says the cobra is about 2 feet long, with a “distinctive multicolor markings.”

If everyone in the hose, they must remain at a safe distance and immediately contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or *FWC or #FWC on cellular phones.

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