Bronx Zoo Continues Search for Missing Snake

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Bronx Zoo is still searching for a venomous cobra five days after the 20-inch female snake slithered out of the World of Reptiles.

Zoo director Jim Breheny said in a statement posted on the zoo's site on Monday that the staff is confident that the snake is still in the World of Reptiles — which was promptly closed down — and is likely hiding within a "complex system with pumps, motors and other mechanical systems."

He said the search could take days — or weeks — depending on when the snake is comfortable enough to come out of hiding. But, he added, "it's the snake's game," and the "best strategy now is patience."

The Twitterverse is already having some fun with the story. Someone's created a Twitter account for the snake, tracking her supposed adventures around the city — from the original Ray's Pizza in the Bronx, to the tall grass at the High Line.


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Comments [7]

Joseph Smith

The zoo should name the snake Houdini.

Mar. 30 2011 09:12 PM
Mike Licht from Washington DC

We may have found a viable Urban Snake Search Strategy.


Mar. 29 2011 09:44 PM

Snake has escaped from New York!

Mar. 29 2011 02:37 PM
J. S.

I work at the zoo and animals escape ever so often, it happens.

Did they ever catch that giant boa that got out a year or so ago? Never heard about it after.

The zoo certainly got some publicity. I saw jokes and bits on Conan, Daily Show, Letterman and Kimmel, besides being on all the news (who like to exaggerate things).

Mar. 29 2011 02:13 PM

if it's only 20", very dangerous. Younger poisonous snakes haven't yet learned about conserving their venom, and generally administer much larger quantities in each bite.

On a side note, this would be a great ploy by the BX zoo to get some free publicity, no?

Mar. 29 2011 01:57 PM
Marie M. Merzon

Aside from the fact that the snake may frighten someone, how dangerous is this
cobra? Are they agressive? I don't think so. Obviously, she is more concerned about us!!! m

Mar. 29 2011 11:53 AM
BXZ Cobra from Wouldn't you like to know?

Still think I'm in the reptile house?

I have a different agenda.!/pages/Bronx-Zoo-Cobra/160814620643616

Mar. 29 2011 11:30 AM

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