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2 cobras loose in Onslow County

Posted May 23, 2008 4:28 p.m. EDT

— Two cobras might be on the loose in Onslow County, authorities said, adding that they believe the snakes might have been dumped by an animal rights group pushing for a ban on exotic animals.

Fliers have been posted in a neighborhood off Piney Green Road near Jacksonville that claim two cobras were lost.

Animal control and wildlife officers saw a snake under the deck of a woman who lives nearby, but they were unable to capture it after tearing the deck apart and searching the area for hours, authorities said.

Snake experts said they believe the serpent was a monocled cobra, which can be deadly with one bite.

In Cumberland County, a man said he recently spotted what a wildlife officer said could be a king cobra in the woods near Cedar Creek.