King cobra sought in Orlando area

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A king cobra has reportedly escaped from its owner in the Orlando area, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The escaped king cobra was reported Wednesday by its owner, a licensed and bonded individual, officials said.

The privately owned nonnative, venomous snake was reported to have escaped within the past 24 hours in the 4800 block of North Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. The snake is approximately 8 feet in length and is green and yellow in color. A permit is required to possess a king cobra, and owners are required to report escaped animals immediately.

FWC officers and staff are currently searching the area to look for the snake. If members of the public come across this snake, it is advised that people do not try to
handle it. Instead, report the sighting to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922).

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