Bronx Zoo Cobra Escapes, Gets Its Own Twitter Account

It has been almost a week since a 20-inch female Egyptian cobra, or asp — yes, the kind of snake that Cleopatra used to kill herself — escaped from its enclosure in the Bronx Zoo. As the New York Times reports, zoo officials say that it may take weeks to find the snake who, they believe, is somewhere in the pipes and crannies of the snake house. 

Said the zoo’s director, James J. Breheny, in a statement: 

We understand the interest in this story and that everyone wants us to find the missing snake…Right now, it’s the snake’s game. At this point, it’s just like fishing; you put the hook in the water and wait. Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding.

The M.I.A. asp has achieved celebrity status. Someone created a fake Twitter account, BronxZoosCobra, and has been posting (flickering) tongue in teeth updates to (as of this post’s writing) over 170,000 followers such as the following

Does anyone know if the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle sells organic mice?

The snake is just a few months old and, while its venom is fatal, its usual prey is toads and birds, not humans. Experts says that such cobras are “generally averse to human contact and unlikely to bite unless they feel their lives are in peril.”

Just in case you were planning to visit the Bronx Zoo anytime soon.

Here’s hoping the snake is found very soon.


Photo by elvissa.

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kathy P.
Kathy P.3 years ago

Be careful and watch where you step. Would not want to run into this on a walk.

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara4 years ago

Hope she doesn't pay with her life for her escape into freedom.

Carrie Anne Brown

Interesting article, thanks for sharing =]

Carla Manning
Carla Manning4 years ago

twitter thing is too of luck to you snaky little snake!

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Sheri P.
Sheri P.4 years ago

Well, even if cobras aren't necessarily interested in biting humans I still wouldn't want to encounter one in a dark alley...

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Joy Jin
Joy Jin4 years ago

Hope the snake is ok. :)

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare4 years ago

A cobra on twitter? xD Now thats epic!
Hope it doesnt get hurt by some ignorant moron.