A 5-foot venomous cobra that escaped from a Florida home Friday was found more than 24 hours after it slithered off, The News-Press reported.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and volunteers scoured brush in Buckingham near where the snake was last seen on Friday and most of Saturday, the paper reported. It was captured at about 4 p.m. Saturday, 200 yards from where the sighting was reported.
Before the capture, wildlife officials were warning residents in southwest Florida to be on the lookout after the snake escaped from its home.
Witnesses began seeing the 5-foot Asian monocled cobra Friday afternoon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission warned residents not to approach the snake or try to capture it.
Lewis Mark Pellicer owns the snake, and Pellicer is the closest Venomous Reptile Permit holder to where the snake was spotted. Officer Stuart Spoede, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said Pellicer was interviewed about the snake and said his Asian monocled cobra was missing. None of the other remaining reptiles in his inventory disappeared, the FWC reported.
Spoede said Pellicer violated rules by not reporting the snake was gone. Charges are pending, he said.
A woman who answered the door at Pellicer’s home declined to comment, according to the News-Press.
The missing cobra drama unfolded following the disappearance in September of another snake – an 8-foot king cobra -- that had been missing for more than a month from its home in Orlando. It was eventually found last month under a dryer in a garage not far from its reality TV star owner's home near Orlando.
Valerie Kennedy, the wife of "Airplane Repo" star Mike Kennedy, who owns the snake, announced to FOX41 that the snake was found. “The poor thing was in pretty bad shape. His eyes are fogged over. He hasn’t eaten a thing since he was captured," she said.
They had been searching for it since Sept. 2, the day after Mike Kennedy returned home from a trip and discovered it gone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.