THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Authorities warned parents to watch their children and keep them away from dark holes after an potentially deadly albino cobra was seen slithering through a Southern California suburban neighborhood this week.
State wildlife officials and Los Angeles County animal control officers searched bushes and woodpiles Thursday for the monocle cobra, which has been loose at least since Monday evening, when it bit a dog on Rancho Lane in this Ventura County town just past Los Angeles County’s western border.
The dog had a neck wound on Wednesday but appeared healthy, authorities said.
The monocle cobra can deliver neurotoxic venom that can be deadly.
“Do not approach it, do not try to capture it, do not try to kill it,” said Brandon Dowling, a Los Angeles County spokesman.
If the snake does bite someone, antivenom will be flown in from the San Diego Zoo, Dowling said.
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