Poisonous Snake Disappears from Bronx Zoo

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  1. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    Officials have closed the Reptile House at New York's Bronx Zoo after a poisonous Egyptian cobra disappeared from an enclosure that's separate from the animal exhibits.

    Zoo officials say the building was immediately closed and secured after staff learned that the adolescent snake was missing Friday afternoon.

    The zoo released a statement Saturday saying it's confident the 20-inch-long snake is in an area of the building that's not accessible to the public. Snakes usually seek closed-in spaces and aren't comfortable in open areas.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/2...-forces-zoo-shut-reptile-house/#ixzz1HpU3I5Vj
     
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  3. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    I just want to say one thing about this: aaaahhhhh!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    A couple of weeks ago, my 10-year-old accidentally left the top of his snake cage open after feeding him. He has a California king snake. Earlier that day, DH and I had a new mattress delivered for our bedroom and it was on the floor. We discovered that the snake (Steve) was missing at bedtime.

    I anticipated a long, sleepless night...:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    Luckily, DH found Steve pretty quickly. He was climbing up the back of my son's desk and into a drawer to snuggle down for the evening.

    Can I just go on the record saying I'm the best boy mom in the world for allowing a snake in my home?

    I hope the Bronx finds their missing asp!
     
  5. mommy23

    mommy23 There is no original thought....

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    I am right there with ya, our first night of having our Mr. Snakey in our house, he got out, and it took 3 days to find him.... I found him scurrying out of a bathroom cupboard, as I was getting out of the shower. So me ( not having slept in 3 days lol) ran naked all the way out the front door screaming at poor DH. He started to get me a towel, but I quickly made him get mr. snakey instead. Thankfully no neighbors seemed to be awake that early :floorlaugh:

    I really hope this poisonous snake really is inside, and not out roaming the streets :praying:
     
  6. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    Snake still missing

    Snipped from http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local...en_found_as_staffers_wait_for_deadly_sna.html
     
  7. tiredblondy

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    OK I have to ask this but if it is outside the building would the cold temps harm it???
     
  8. mommy23

    mommy23 There is no original thought....

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    While, I only know a little about snakes, I believe that they will find warmth, like around appliances (under the fridge, behind the washer etc.) or they can dig holes and go underground. I've heard stories of them being found in car engines...
     
  9. KaylynnCouture

    KaylynnCouture New Member

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    Search Could Take Weeks

    Snipped from http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/2...ronx-zoo-weeks-officials-say/?test=latestnews
     
  10. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    It's okay, he's obviously making good use of his escape... saw on our local news that he is showing up on Twitter and already has over 30,000 followers LoL:

    http://twitter.com/BronxZoosCobra

    My favorite tweet so far:

    Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!
     
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    I don't live anywhere near the Bronx zoo, but I do live in an apartment building. God knows what my fellow tenants keep as pets. I ALWAYS check the toilet bowl before taking a seat.
     
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    tezi Active Member

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    The tweet about Wall Street made me LMAO!

    I hope they find him soon. He's bound to be hungry or thirsty soon!
     
  13. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    I know - I love that the little fella is tweeting all about his misadventures!
     
  14. Nova

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    I could be wrong, but I don't think most snakes dig holes. (No hands.)

    Rather, they usually "adopt" the burrows of other animals. But your main point that snakes are cold-blooded and tend to burrow and wait out cold temperatures is correct.
     
  15. mommy23

    mommy23 There is no original thought....

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    Thank you for more insight, I thought they would dig their way with their mouths.... I KNOW snakes live in holes, lol, but I don't know how they get there. lol
     
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    You're very welcome. It's nice to know those yearly trips to the Miami Serpentarium as a kid didn't go to waste! (But for the record, I double checked several sites--since my last trip to the Serpentarium was 45 years ago. My memory was correct: snakes only use the holes of others; they can't dig.)
     
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    Yep, Elphaba that was funny! I am absolutely terrified of snakes, but I'm finding the Cobra's tweets hilarious....:floorlaugh::floorlaugh:
     
  18. KaylynnCouture

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    The Bronx Zoo Cobra Twitter page is now up to 110,000 followers. Crazy!
     
  19. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    adorable!!!!!
     
  21. Gracenote

    Gracenote We know that all things work together for good for

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    I know a lot of tracking dogs that once given the scent could track this killer down. Either that or set a couple of their mongooses (mongeese?) loose in the building to take care of the matter.

    Edit: why did I say "killer" above. I totally meant "creature" but I guess it was a Freudian slip.
     

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