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Old 09-04-2015, 02:02 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla. —
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials will continue their search Friday morning for a deadly king cobra that escaped from an Orlando man's home Wednesday night.

The non-native, venomous snake escaped from a home on the 4800 block of North Apopka Vineland Road, which is used as a rescue facility for exotic animals.

FWC, along with a half-dozen others who are privately licensed to capture venomous snakes, are focused on searching a 10-acre property surrounding snake owner Mike Kennedy's home.

It's not the first time Kennedy has had a king cobra escape. The last time it happened, the snake was shot by a homeowner who found it in his garage in 2001.

Chris Edson said he had no idea it was the same snake owner.

“Things happen but I can’t believe it’s the same guy,” said Edson. “I was amazed they let him have another permit.”

Expert Bob Cross is helping search for the snake, but he said locating it in 60 acres of land could be next to impossible.

"It's rough," Cross said. "Got to try to find your way through there, make sure you don't step on or near this snake or another snake. Just walk slow and be careful."

The snake measures at 8 feet, which is small by king cobra standards, officials said. They can grow up to 18-feet in length.

"This snake is huge, can inject a lot of venom, so it's dangerous," Cross said.



Channel 9 learned Kennedy has at least one other king cobra and he's also licensed to own a Burmese python, a viper or rattlesnake and venomous lizards, along with several other wild animals.

Outdoor activities were canceled at Clarcona Elementary School as wildlife officials continue their search. School officials said they’ll be canceled Friday as well.

Principal Robert Strenth asked parents to accompany any students walking or biking to school, telling them all students would spend the day inside.

"We are moving all outside activities, including PE and recess, inside and we will be relocating our portable classrooms inside the building," he said.



There are several schools close to the Dragon Ranch. Clarcona is the closest and sits about a mile away. Pinewood and Lake Gem elementary schools are about three miles away.

"I was a little bit concerned, because he was in a portable. (But) I'm OK with it as long as he's not outside," said parent Kim Wininger.

Property records show the home belongs to Kennedy, who operates a nonprofit for rescued exotic animals called Dragon Ranch, according to its website.

FWC officers said Kennedy followed proper reporting procedures when it was discovered the reptile was missing.

FWC officials are canvassing the area and ask that anyone who comes across the snake to call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. They urge residents not to approach the animal.

A single bite from a king cobra has enough toxins to kill 20 people, experts say.

King cobras are shy and tend to avoid humans, according to wildlife experts.

Authorities said the Kennedy could face a fine in the latest escape.
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This drives me crazy. Why someone is allowed to bring an exotic animal here in the first place is beyond me. To allow someone to bring a highly dangerous exotic animal here is just plain stupid. It should be illegal.
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This drives me crazy. Why someone is allowed to bring an exotic animal here in the first place is beyond me. To allow someone to bring a highly dangerous exotic animal here is just plain stupid. It should be illegal.
Look at the statistics. In the US, dogs kill more people than King Cobras do.
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Look at the statistics. In the US, dogs kill more people than King Cobras do.

Are there as many King Cobras as dogs?
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One article says a tree fell on the guys house or maybe the snake house and the snake escaped.
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This drives me crazy. Why someone is allowed to bring an exotic animal here in the first place is beyond me. To allow someone to bring a highly dangerous exotic animal here is just plain stupid. It should be illegal.
Believe it or not, often times they are used to make anti-venom. Not saying this cobra was, but we have a guy here in AZ that has a huge scorpion and poisonous spider farm. He's the single largest anti-venom supplier in the US. Personally, all I could think of seeing it on the news was John Goodman and Arachnophobia!!

You should see the hospital bill from a poisonous snake bite! This one is from July for a rattlesnake bite. For real.

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Isnt FL already infested with poisonous snakes eg rattlers, coral, moccasins etc, what's the big deal over one king cobra?
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This snake owner is irresponsible! Who in the hell loses a cobra 2X? . His licenses & permits for the exotic animals should all be revoked and he should be required to pay for the search costs. The county had to move kids to another school because of this dimwits actions.
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Look at the statistics. In the US, dogs kill more people than King Cobras do.
I really don't care about the stats. I'm sure we could come up with a litany of things that kill more people than cobras do. The animal doesn't belong here - just like lionfish, pythons, monitor lizards, and any number of other species that people brought here because they thought it would be sooo cool to have. Do you want a cobra slithering around in your back yard?

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Believe it or not, often times they are used to make anti-venom. Not saying this cobra was, but we have a guy here in AZ that has a huge scorpion and poisonous spider farm. He's the single largest anti-venom supplier in the US. Personally, all I could think of seeing it on the news was John Goodman and Arachnophobia!!

You should see the hospital bill from a poisonous snake bite! This one is from July for a rattlesnake bite. For real.

I'm sure there are legitimate reasons like your anti venom example. My thinking on that is the anti venom should be made in the country were the animal is native, after all, that's where they need it.
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I really don't care about the stats. I'm sure we could come up with a litany of things that kill more people than cobras do. The animal doesn't belong here - just like lionfish, pythons, monitor lizards, and any number of other species that people brought here because they thought it would be sooo cool to have. Do you want a cobra slithering around in your back yard?
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Potential short term solution to the feral cat problem in Apopka? I have seen a much bigger king cobra out in the open at the Miami Serpentatium years ago, but when you talk about an 8 foot venomous snake as being a SMALL example, it kind of puts things into perspective.
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Release the mongooses!



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Rikki Tikki Tavi, M'fer!!!!! Mongooses are badass!!
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If the mongooses get tired...this guy works at my local 7-11 and is always eager to help


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Maybe we should release a couple mongoose into florida.

Problem solved.
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If the mongooses get tired...this guy works at my local 7-11 and is always eager to help


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Shouldn't it be "mongeese"?


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I'm of the belief that a snake like that should have an implant in it, that will kill the snake if it gets further than 100 feet from a transmitter kept in the guy's house.

IMO, It's a huge risk to have this snake on the loose!
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