News Officials: King cobra on the loose, escaped home in Orlando

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    ORLANDO, Fla. —

    Florida Fish and Wildlife officials will continue their search Friday morning for a deadly king cobra that escaped from an Orlando man's home Wednesday night.

    The non-native, venomous snake escaped from a home on the 4800 block of North Apopka Vineland Road, which is used as a rescue facility for exotic animals.

    FWC, along with a half-dozen others who are privately licensed to capture venomous snakes, are focused on searching a 10-acre property surrounding snake owner Mike Kennedy's home.

    It's not the first time Kennedy has had a king cobra escape. The last time it happened, the snake was shot by a homeowner who found it in his garage in 2001.

    Chris Edson said he had no idea it was the same snake owner.

    “Things happen but I can’t believe it’s the same guy,” said Edson. “I was amazed they let him have another permit.”

    Expert Bob Cross is helping search for the snake, but he said locating it in 60 acres of land could be next to impossible.

    "It's rough," Cross said. "Got to try to find your way through there, make sure you don't step on or near this snake or another snake. Just walk slow and be careful."

    The snake is 8-feet long, which is small by king cobra standards, officials said. They can grow up to 18-feet in length.

    "This snake is huge, can inject a lot of venom, so it's dangerous," Cross said.

    Channel 9 learned Kennedy has at least one other king cobra and he's also licensed to own a Burmese python, a viper or rattlesnake and venomous lizards, along with several other wild animals.

    Outdoor activities were canceled at Clarcona Elementary School as wildlife officials continue their search. School officials said they’ll be canceled Friday as well.

    Principal Robert Strenth asked parents to accompany any students walking or biking to school, telling them all students would spend the day inside.

    "We are moving all outside activities, including PE and recess, inside and we will be relocating our portable classrooms inside the building," he said.

    There are several schools close to the Dragon Ranch. Clarcona is the closest and sits about a mile away. Pinewood and Lake Gem elementary schools are about three miles away.

    "I was a little bit concerned, because he was in a portable. (But) I'm OK with it as long as he's not outside," said parent Kim Wininger.

    Property records show the home belongs to Kennedy, who operates a nonprofit for rescued exotic animals called Dragon Ranch, according to its website.

    FWC officers said Kennedy followed proper reporting procedures when it was discovered the reptile was missing.

    "I’m a little concerned. I have a small cat at home, and snakes like cats," said neighbor Bryan Shattuck.

    FWC officials are canvassing the area and ask that anyone who comes across the snake to call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. They urge residents not to approach the animal.

    A single bite from a king cobra has enough toxins to kill 20 people, experts say.

    "My wife is deathly afraid of small critters, ants, roaches. Yeah, she's going to be freaked out," said Shattuck.

    King cobras are shy and tend to avoid humans, according to wildlife experts.

    Authorities said the Kennedy could face a fine in the latest escape.

    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/fwc-searches-escaped-king-cobra-orlando/nnXQH/
     
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    You own a snake? Make sure it's locked. How tough is that?
     
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    Especially if it's one of the deadliest on the planet.
     
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    Oh goodie...

    there are plenty of non-indigenous snakes in the glades....what a great addition that would make.
     
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    Dude, you don't even know. Double L is like a fucking Cobra Kai never die ready to strike AT ALL TIMES!

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    I have a 12 foot boa. I've had her since she was born, 22 years ago. You can believe me when I tell you that snakes are escape artists. Especially one as active as a King Cobra. Not only are the extremely active, but they're also very quick. A cobra can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.
    My boa is housed in a specially built box, with two locking doors. Over the years, she has managed to escape twice by taking the locks apart with nothing but her nose. I don't know how, but she did it. Fortunately, she only escaped to the basement. If she were to get outside, not only would I never find her again, but the harsh winters would definitely kill her.
    I know people who keep poisonous snakes. Although they are beautiful, there is far too much risk (and expense) for my liking.
     
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    Maybe it's going to head to Disney world
     
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    Kill it. Kill it with fire
     
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    "Robin, I read an article headlined 'King Cobra on the loose' and it wasn't about pulling out a giant black cock. What is this world coming to?"
     
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    ?Why would anyone want to own a King Cobra as a pet?
     
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    What does your boa eat and how often?
     
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    Compensating?
     
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    She eats the biggest rats I can find. Average about every 3 weeks, or so.
    She was eating rabbits for a while, but she has decided that rats taste better.
     
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    My cock has been mistaken for this kind of scaly beast
     
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    I think a snake is the only animal I could kill and not only not feel bad about it, but GOOD. They're evil you know.
     
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    The people I know who keep poisonous snakes, do so because they do educational snake expos, where they charge a small fee to see their collections.
     
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    The Mayans worshiped them.
     
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    This isn't far from my house. My cat is a master at killing snakes. Just give him a few days.
     
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