Snake in the grass: Escaped Florida cobra creates online hiss-teria
If you're Spring Break-ing in Florida, just know there is a deadly cobra on the loose, and that's not even the worst thing about Florida.— Jennifer Dames Young (@jendames) March 15, 2017
In other news: a deadly cobra is on the loose in Florida. This marks the first time this area of Florida has called FOR immigrants. pic.twitter.com/7SuKD6K5ws— whoisfox (@FoxRoss) March 15, 2017
Think about it.. they gave us Trump, Kodak Black, and a deadly cobra on the loose. What's next ?!— jamie. (@youBLOWINit_) March 15, 2017
The runaway serpent appears to be enjoying the new found fame, however. It seems the reptile has managed to create his own Twitter account, gaining over 1,100 followers since the account was activated shortly after it escaped on March 14.
Finally freeeeeeee! But isn't today unseasonably cold for Florida in the middle of March? What gives, science?— Ocala Cobra (@OcalaCobra) March 14, 2017
If you see me, please don't run up and take my photo or try to grab me. I like my personal space.— Ocala Cobra (@OcalaCobra) March 14, 2017
I may not be the king, but I've definitely left the building. https://t.co/4zWkpYAlCz— Ocala Cobra (@OcalaCobra) March 14, 2017
The internet has failed me. No one has created a Plenty of Snakes dating site😕— Ocala Cobra (@OcalaCobra) March 14, 2017
Does this monocle make me look sexy? pic.twitter.com/Tg6gxSXycg— Ocala Cobra (@OcalaCobra) March 14, 2017
The reptile’s owner called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) late Monday to inform them of the snake’s great escape. When a joint search by the FWC, Ocala Police and Marion County Fire Rescue turned up nothing, authorities alerted nearby residents.
In a statement released by the FWC, members of the public were urged not to try and apprehend the dangerous, cold-blooded creature.
“Residents in the area are urged to use caution until this snake has been captured. Although reclusive by nature, cobras are highly venomous and will strike out if they feel threatened,” it read.
As the search continues, FWC officials are hoping that the cold weather has kept the yellow and tan serpent in the house.
"It's keeping the snake in a more confined area because in this cold weather they're not going to get out and move," local media Ocala.com reports FWC Officer Wayne Hargabus as saying.
Bizarrely, the cobra’s owner, Brian Purdy, has suggested that the snake may have been eaten by a large lizard he also owns. However, following an X-ray of the lizard by a vet, no snake was found.