The three-month old monocled cobra, which belongs to a 19-year-old snake breeder, escaped during the night and was reported missing on Thursday. About finger-width in diameter, the potentially deadly serpent measures 30 centimetres long.
The city enlisted reptile experts from Düsseldorf’s fire department to search each room, as well as the two apartments beneath the owner’s home.
“The top-floor apartment has been completely gutted,” city spokesman Volker Wiebels said this weekend. “They assume the animal is still in the house and has hidden himself in a warm corner.”
Though the team removed all furniture, floorboards and wall coverings in the apartment, they have found no trace of the snake. “We’re putting down flour to let us see where the animal has wriggled around,” Wiebels said.
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