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10 apartments evacuated after venomous snake escapes terrarium

Ten apartments were evacuated in a building after a venomous snake escaped from its terrarium, said firefighters in Germany.

The owner of a small but venomous reptile species had alerted the authorities after noticing the missing six-month-old South African coral snake from its terrarium on Monday morning, said the Cologne Fire Department.

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10 apartments were evacuated to search the reptile, whereas, the firefighters expressed concerns that the snake which releases a nerve poison in one bite could end up outdoors, where cold temperatures would likely send it into a hibernation-like state.

🐍Die Ausbrecherin🐍 wurde dingfest gemacht! Erwischt wurde sie auf dem Weg zu einer Futterfalle und ist nun wohlbehalten…

Posted by Feuerwehr Köln on Monday, 15 February 2021

After conducting a three-hour search, the snake was finally spotted and captured in a food-baited trap and returned to its terrarium. The residents were later allowed to return to their home after the recovery of the venomous snake.

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