Deadly Cobra Still Loose at Bronx Zoo

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Authorities were on the the hunt Monday for a deadly snake that disappeared from the Bronx Zoo in New York City.

The 20-inch Egyptian cobra slithered out of its enclosure at the zoo's Reptile House on Friday.

The snake is most commonly found in North Africa, and its bite is extremely poisonous and often deadly.

Zoo personnel immediately closed down and secured the Reptile House after learning the snake was missing, all with the hope that no one gets in and, more importantly, no other deadly reptiles get out.

"All snakes are natural born Houdinis. They're escape artists. They don't like to be on display," reptile expert Robert Shapiro said. "Egyptian cobras -- I don't want to sound alarming, but that whole family kills about 50,000 people a year."

Zoo officials say they're confident they were able to trap the snake in the Reptile House. They say when the snake gets hungry or thirsty it will start to move around the building. That's when they plant to capture the cobra and put him back in his display.

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