NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo was closed Saturday after an adolescent Egyptian cobra went missing from an off-exhibit enclosure.

Zoo staff said they immediately closed and secured the building after learning the snake was missing. Egyptian cobras are poisonous.

Officials at the zoo said they were confident that the snake, about 20-inches long, was confined to an isolated, non-public area of the building. Snakes typically seek closed-in spaces, and are uncomfortable in open areas.

“We are informing the public out of an abundance of caution, and will continue to take whatever steps necessary to ensure public safety,” the zoo said in a statement.

The Reptile House will be closed indefinitely, zoo staff said.

Comments (24)
  1. dsorceres says:

    nope not possible that another one ate it, however you might want to check Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY; there seems to be a great deal of snakes there!

    1. Dukar Sitatapatra says:

      There’s a solution for this, I’m telling you here with serious and sincere effort to prevent a possible deadly incident that may cause by this loose poisonous snake.

      The Zoo Management group should contact an Indian society in the US and ask for their help to connect them with a snake charmer. This practice is sitilll available in India and believe me,,,,it does work. The snake charmer can attract the snake without harm then Zoo people can catch them.At least this is one of safe solutions that they can quickly do. Good luck

  2. Zoe says:

    there is no such thing as a POISONOUS snake…… therefore this snake can not exist and that is why it was missing from its cage. However if this snake was VENOMOUS then they would have a big problem on their hands

    1. Jason says:

      Actually, I think you’ll find they’re all pretty poisonous, especially if you eat them raw.

  3. Gavin Brink says:

    Matt, there are poisonous snakes, even by the definition EricWI gave. Rhabdophis have poison glands in their neck they secrete toxins through similar to how poison dart frogs do it.

    1. zoe says:

      yes however this snake is still not poisonous and if u look online they do say that Rhabdophis are indeed venomous.

      1. Gavin Brink says:

        I don’t know where you are looking online, but I am quite familiar with the snake. Rhabdophis are venomous and poisonous. They are a rear-fanged colubrid with quite toxic venom, but they also have a poison they secrete through the skin in their “neck.” Venom can by some definitions be considered a type of poison, but it is a toxin specialized for the subduction of prey, so the more descriptive (and correct in my opinion as well) term for this cobra would be venomous. However, people do need to stop saying “there is no such thing as a poisonous snake.” There are, and Rhabdophis is our most studied example, but I would not be surprised if we find quite a few more. The fact that these snakes do exist actually makes the “poisonous” and “venomous” use not just a silly semantic debate.

  4. L.Singh says:

    Why NOT have a snake charmer woo the tiny COBRA back into his cage? Contact the Asian Indo community they can help locate a person to bring the reptile back … and not cost taxpayers tons of money!

  5. Paul says:

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  7. Leon says:

    That snake is on a plane on it’s way to Egypt. It just found out that Mubarak is out, and it going back home.

  8. Bryan Hansen says:

    Did the CBS writers and editors take the day off and let Ms. Jenkins 4th grade class write this????
    Seriously, “Egyptian cobras are poisonous”, that sound like Dwight K. Schrute.
    Then to end it with “Reptile House will be closed indefinitely, zoo staff said”.

  9. Shelli Lipton says:

    The Reptile House will be closed indefinitely, zoo staff said.
    You think he plans to stay in one place?

  10. Shelli Lipton says:

    The Reptile House will be closed indefinitely, zoo staff said.
    You think he plans to stay in one place.

  11. edmond says:

    i was at the mcdonalds over there and i didn’t see it but now i know thanks and also want to shout out to 10 10 wins and marcuice

  12. matt says:

    There is no such thing as a “poisonous” snake. The correct term is venomous snake. A simple fact that could be reported correctly.

    1. Todd says:

      Venom noun
      1. the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, stinging, etc.

      It seems to me that calling a snake ‘poisonous’ is perfectly acceptable.

      1. EricWI says:

        Venom= Typically injected directly into the lymphatic system itself through fangs or spines.

        Poison= Typically ingested or inhaled into the victim’s tracts through skin secretions.

        Or in short, Venoms are injected, while poisons are ingested.

  13. Robert says:

    Now for sure we know of at least two poisonous snakes in Manhattan, M. Bloomberg and now his 20 inch brother, maybe we can call him Mr. Cairo.

    1. daniel mackler says:

      you know, i consider it insulting to place this poor little snake and that big nasty snake bloomberg in the same sentence. you can’t blame the little snake — he’s too small and young to know right from wrong yet.

    2. Truth says:

      Gloomy wishes he was 20 inches. More like 2.0

  14. Ace5O says:

    Marina, in related news, the “Mouse House” was also closed today. Seriously.

    I was let down that the reptile exhibit was shut down, and I thought that it had to do with their Fall / Winter hours. They kept the incident pretty low key inside the park, at least throughout the afternoon. There were a lot of other cool things going on though, and I will be doing a review of my experience today at the Bronx Zoo shortly.


  15. marina says:

    just give it a week or so, they will find it in a subway station, obese due to feasts on rats he could enjoy over there….

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