NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A venomous snake has gotten loose inside the Bronx Zoo.

According to officials at the New York attraction a 3 1/2-foot mangrove snake somehow escaped from its cage in the zoo’s JungleWorld exhibit on Tuesday.

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Zoo officials called the snake “mildly venomous” and say the slithery fugitive is actually a timid creature that is more likely to try to find a place to hide until zookeepers can track it down.

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“While we are confident the snake poses no threat to visitors, we placed a sign at the entrance of the exhibit out of an abundance of caution,” the Bronx Zoo told CBS2 in a statement.

“Mangrove snakes, though mildly venomous, are not known to be dangerous to people. They are shy, timid, secretive in nature and active at night.”

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Zoo officials added that the missing mangrove likely snuck out through a mesh cover and is still somewhere in JungleWorld.