The Bronx zoo remains open despite the disappearance of its King Cobra snake. The snake was discovered missing on Friday, March 25,2011. They say that the residents of Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island should not be alarmed as they feel the snake is still in the zoo’s reptile house. The zoo’s snake is 20 inches long and pencil thin weighing less than 3 ounces. The snake was in the holding area of the zoo and the keepers feel that she will stay in that area. The keepers have no choice but to wait until she starts to move around looking for food and water before they have any hopes of finding her. Officials say this may take many days or even weeks as the snake can go a long time without food or water.
A similar situation occurred last August when a venomous rattlesnake escaped from the Atlanta, Georgia, zoo. That snake turned up in a nearby park. In that case, the first person to find it was a 2 year old boy. The boy’s parents killed the snake fearing that animal control would not respond in time.
If residents encounter the King Cobra snake they should be extremely cautious as the snake’s venom can kill in as little as 15 minutes.