HOUSTON – An aggressive 2-foot-long cobra captured at a luxury high-rise apartment complex in downtown Houston has been euthanized. Houston police were summoned to The Rice Apartments after residents spotted an albino monocled cobra on the third floor over the weekend. Police used a broom to corner and capture the snake. No injuries were reported.
The Rice Apartments were once Houston’s landmark Rice Hotel. A statement from The Rice management said all common areas and units in the complex have been inspected. No other exotic animals were found.
Authorities aren’t sure how the snake, native to Southeast Asia, ended up in the building or who owned it. Josie Moss says her pest control company tried to find a home for the extremely venomous snake but found little interest due to its aggression.