- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

BUCKINGHAM, Fla. (AP) - A 5-foot cobra has been captured after escaping from its home in southwest Florida.

It only took a little over 24 hours to capture the Asian monocoled snake. Even wildlife officials were surprised at how quickly the reptile was located because it was spotted near a wooded area with lots of brush.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and volunteers scoured bushes, sheds and culverts, eventually capturing it around 4 p.m. Saturday.

The snake’s owner, Lewis Mark Pellicer, has a Venomous Reptile Permit. But wildlife officials said Pellicer violated rules by not reporting the snake was missing. The News-Press () reports charges are pending.

A woman who answered the door at Pellicer’s home declined to comment.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, https://www.news-press.com

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