Woman Charged After Cobra-Biting Claim

A 58-year-old woman is to appear in Baltimore County District Court on April 8 to answer charges that she had two poisonous snakes in her possession, a violation of state law.

Betsy Nighthorse, a resident of the rural community of Hydes, was charged with two counts, one for a monocled cobra she claimed to have found in a parking lot and the other for a rattlesnake that police officers came across when they went to the woman’s home a week later to question her.

“They saw it in plain sight,” said Sgt. Art Windemuth of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, referring to the two officers’ discovery of the neotropical rattlesnake on Monday.

Nighthorse, who faces fines of up to $1,000 on each count, came to the police’s attention on Jan. 24, when she showed up at a White Marsh clinic complaining that a cobra had bitten her finger, touching off a two-state scramble for antivenin to save her.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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