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Bronx Zoo cobra snake still missing and AWOL from reptile house


UPI News Service, 03/30/2011 

"BronxZoosCobra" has more than 135,000 followers on Twitter suggesting places for zoo officials to look for their missing Egyptian cobra.

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Staffers at the zoo believe the deadly snake, which is 20 inches long and weighs 3 ounces, is still in the Reptile House.

They are searching "warm spots" such as heating ducts and beneath large appliances and using live mice in traps as bait to find the snake, the New York Post said.

"It's holed up," Steven Beaupre, a herpetologist and biology professor at the University of Arkansas, told amNewYork.

Unlike most New Yorkers, Beaupre said "snakes are not animals that get bored quickly and the missing reptile could spend months in hiding before it comes out looking for water or some small animal to eat."

Nevertheless Twitter repartee attributed to the elusive snake, missing since last Friday, continues to flow on the site.

Posts include "Getting my morning coffee at mud tuck. Don't even talk to me until I've had my morning coffee. Seriously don't. I'm venomous." and "at Planet Rose in the East Village to get my karoke on. Gonna sing some White Snake."


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