Deadly albino cobra caught after roaming Thousand Oaks

A poisonous albino cobra was spotted in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
A poisonous albino cobra was spotted in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
L.A. County Department of Animal Care & Control

Update 5:59 p.m. The albino monocled cobra that had been slithering through a neighborhood in Thousand Oaks was captured Thursday afternoon.

A resident spotted the snake as it went into a driveway, Brandon Dowling with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control tells KPCC.

"We deployed our Department of Animal Care and Control officers," Dowling said. "Three responded to the scene, one of them who was a lieutenant, Fred Agoopi. When Lt. Agoopi arrived on scene, he proceeded to the backyard, removed some debris from up against the fence and was able to capture the snake."

That backyard, coincidently, was of the home where the cobra reportedly bit a dog earlier this week.

Dowling says the L.A. Zoo has agreed to take the snake, where it'll be assessed and evaluated. There's still no word on who the cobra's owner was.

Bianca Ramirez/KPCC

Update 3:28 p.m. The deadly albino cobra that was loose in Thousand Oaks has been caught, according to a Los Angeles County spokesperson in a statement sent to KPCC, citing Animal Control officers on the scene.

Photo: Snake in a box

Authorities had warned parents to watch their children and keep them away from dark holes after an potentially deadly albino cobra was seen slithering through the Southern California suburban neighborhood this week.

State wildlife officials and L.A. County animal control officers searched bushes and woodpiles Thursday for the monocle cobra, which has been loose at least since Monday evening, when it bit a dog on Rancho Lane in this Ventura County town just past Los Angeles County's western border.

The dog had a neck wound on Wednesday but appeared healthy, authorities said.

The monocle cobra can deliver neurotoxic venom that can be deadly.

The cobra is native to Southeast Asia, parts of India and China, and can grow to 4 feet or more. Its name derives from a circle or ring on the back of its hood.

Cobras are illegal to own in California except for educational and scientific purposes, and a permit is required.

The cobra apparently escaped from captivity, although authorities had not found the owner. Dowling said Thursday that investigators are following "a few leads" on where the snake came from.

AP with KPCC staff

9:13 a.m. Authorities have resumed the search for a venomous cobra that is on the loose in a Southern California suburban neighborhood.

Brandon Dowling, a Los Angeles County spokesman, says state wildlife officials and animal control officers began searching again at 7 a.m.

Authorities are concentrating on the cooler morning and evening hours when the snake would be more active and more likely to hunt for mice and other food.

The monocle cobra was last seen Monday evening, when it bit a dog in Thousand Oaks, a Ventura County community just past LA County's western border.

Residents are urged to keep pets indoors, watch children and make sure they stay away from animal burrows, pipes and culverts.


This story has been updated.