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Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:04 PM

10 apartment units evacuated after venomous coral snake slithers out of terrarium

A slithery serpent gave his owner the slip. A 6-month-old pet coral snake somehow managed to escape its terrarium home early Monday morning and creep out of its owner’s apartment in the German city of Cologne.

The unidentified owner alerted officials, who immediately called for an evacuation of 10 homes in the building. “They were all tossed out of bed at 6 a.m.,” explained neighbor Paul-Günter Spiess. “Their nerves are shot.”

The owner claimed 20 fire and animal rescue personnel were used during the to search of his beloved 8-inch critter. In an attempt to track down the snake, officials laid down sawdust and utilized food traps as a means of capture. Searchers also cased the basement and outside building proximity.

Despite its immaturity, this particular coral snake’s venomous bite would provoke mild to moderate neurological reactions, according to officials, who urged “extreme caution” in tracking it down.

But by late Monday evening, more than 12 hours into the great escape, the snake was located in a hallway near a food trap. Residents were then given the green light to return to their homes.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-coral-snake-20210217-lhsfqinhzjahvgi5hwhgmj6upm-story.html

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Reply 10 apartment units evacuated after venomous coral snake slithers out of terrarium (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Feb 2021 OP
hlthe2b Feb 2021 #1
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2021 #10
Arkansas Granny Feb 2021 #2
Bayard Feb 2021 #3
LW1977 Feb 2021 #4
left-of-center2012 Feb 2021 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2021 #5
left-of-center2012 Feb 2021 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2021 #9
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2021 #11
LW1977 Feb 2021 #6

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:06 PM

1. They are beautiful, but I do not believe any venomous snake should be owned outside

zoos and exhibits.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 02:56 PM

10. I agree

The only people that should have them are licensed snake milkers, who harvest venom to make anti-venom.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:08 PM

2. A venomous serpent is not a pet.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:10 PM

3. Two words:

UN-WISE.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:10 PM

4. That picture looks like a king snake

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Response to LW1977 (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:21 PM

7. This is the photo that came with the article.

It appears to be a King snake:

How to Tell the Difference Between a King Snake and a Coral Snake

“ ... if red and yellow rings are touching; if so, this is a venomous coral snake.”

“In the case of a scarlet king snake, the ring pattern is red, black, yellow, black, red”

https://www.wikihow.com/Tell-the-Difference-Between-a-King-Snake-and-a-Coral-Snake

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:11 PM

5. The photo is of a king snake, which is often confused with the coral snake.

Here's a coral snake:



The red stripes are always adjacent to the yellow stripes on a coral snake ("Red and yellow, kill a fellow" ).

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:22 PM

8. The photo came with the article

It appears to be a King snake:

How to Tell the Difference Between a King Snake and a Coral Snake

“ ... if red and yellow rings are touching; if so, this is a venomous coral snake.”

“In the case of a scarlet king snake, the ring pattern is red, black, yellow, black, red”

https://www.wikihow.com/Tell-the-Difference-Between-a-King-Snake-and-a-Coral-Snake

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:24 PM

9. The publication didn't do its research, apparently.

"We need a photo of a coral snake."

"What do they look like?"

"They have red, yellow, and black stripes."

"OK."

(Enters term search: snake, red, yellow, black, into Google)

"Got it!"

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 02:57 PM

11. Red and black, friend of Jack! N/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 01:15 PM

6. The pet owner is no Angel..

Very old film reference.

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