escaped king cobra in orlando florida

Escaped 8-Foot King Cobra Found Vacationing In Orlando

Florida has a strange reputation for being home to some of the world’s most exotic wildlife. From alligators wandering through backyards, to iguanas running the streets of South Florida like stray cats, and even monkeys terrorizing local neighborhoods. It is commonly said living in Florida is like a real life scene out of Jumanji or Jurassic Park.

One of the biggest problems Florida faces is the amount of exotic animals people keep as pets. Snakes, lions, monkeys, zebras, spiders. What is with Floridians turning their homes into zoos? The danger of these domesticated animals comes when they escape. Last month, an 8-foot king cobra escaped a Florida man’s home in Orlando. After a month of extreme efforts to capture the deadly venomous snake, it was found Wednesday night.

According to Fox News,

“An 8-foot king cobra snake that had been missing for more than a month was found under a dryer in a garage not far from its reality TV star owner’s home near Orlando.
Officials say a woman contacted Orange County Animal Services on Wednesday night after she heard hissing sounds while putting clothes in her dryer.
Valerie Kennedy, the wife of “Airplane Repo” star Mike Kennedy, told FOX411 the snake “was found last night at 11p.m. The poor thing was in pretty bad shape. His eyes are fogged over. He hasn’t eaten a thing since he was captured. ”
They had been searching for it since Sept. 2, the day after Mike Kennedy returned home from a trip and discovered it gone.”

It’s a good thing the woman didn’t reach under the dryer to look for her missing sock. I am assuming the snake was under the dryer, using it as shelter and a heat source. The cobra must be one of those die-hard Floridians that isn’t ready to give up the summer heat. Don’t worry snake, the temperature will be over 85 degrees again next week.

“Kennedy said the snake made it about a half mile from the Dragon Ranch Sanctuary, where it had been kept until it escaped after a storm damaged its enclosure.
Following its escape, students at a nearby elementary school weren’t allowed outside for recess.
Mike Kennedy told FOX411 in September that the snake would be in big trouble if it wasn’t found.
“Winter comes along and they die,” he said. “I’m not going to say it’s a 100 percent, nothing is 100 percent, but chances are he can’t survive if he doesn’t turn up.”

Typical Floridian. Nothing scares residents of the Sunshine State quite like cold weather moving in after summer. Winter serves as a huge threat to natives, some Floridians are actually more scared of cold weather than hurricanes.

“King Cobras, which can reach a length of 18 feet, are among the most deadly snakes in the world. The venom in a single bite can kill 20 people, or one elephant.”

AN ELEPHANT?! Who would ever want one of these things as a pet?

Well, we are glad this slithery escapee has been captured safely. There were no reports of the snake attacking anyone during its time of freedom. The owner is relieved to have found the snake, but he is facing charges from not reporting the escaped snake sooner.

It turns out the snake was just taking a little vacation in the Orlando area. Check out the king cobras Instagram and follow his adventures of Central Florida over the past few weeks!


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