Game wardens and other Texas law enforcement officers are searching for a deadly King Cobra snake that escaped from a home near a rural school outside Houston.
A 10-foot long King Cobra escaped from a home in Needville, Texas, according to officials with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Needville is located about 45 minutes southwest of Houston. The home where the snake had been kept is located near the location of Needville High School. A junior high school and middle school are also located in the area.
School officials are aware of the missing snake and are carrying on classes as scheduled, the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday.
The King Cobra is considered to be one of the deadliest snakes in the world. The snakes can reach lengths of up to 18 feet.
In 2015, a teenager was reported to have committed suicide by snake when he turned Monocle Cobra loose in his car while he was parked near an Austin freeway. The boy died from snake bites, Breitbart Texas reported. The snake was eventually found dead on the feeder road of the highway.
Earlier that year, Houston police officers were held at bay by another cobra that escaped in a luxury high-rise complex. Police cornered the snake and waited for backup from animal control.
“One misstep and one of them would have been in a hospital quick,” A All Animal Control company spokesman Brian Moss said about the high-rise residents. “This is one of the deadliest snakes in the world.”
The search for the cobra in Fort Bend county is being carried out by Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens and other law enforcement agencies.