Shock moment for a snake owner in Cologne. He suddenly noticed that a South African coral snake was missing – a poisonous specimen. He had to call 911.
The owner noticed the disappearance of the snake on Sunday and, after his own unsuccessful search, notified the fire brigade on Monday morning, as the city of Cologne announced. It is a six-month-old South African coral snake about 20 centimeters long and small in diameter.
The residents of the ten-party house left their apartments early in the morning and found private accommodation.
The fire brigade assumed early Monday evening that the animal was still hiding in the apartment. According to the information, it is a poisonous snake which releases a nerve poison when it bites. Since it is a young animal, the amounts of poison, according to experts, are not comparable with those of an adult animal. However, you should proceed with extreme caution here too.
The necessary permits under species protection law are available.
The animal would “freeze” outside
The basement and outside areas were therefore comprehensively checked, and waste containers were searched by the “Reptiles Specialist Group”.
The protective measures introduced are currently not at risk for residents. Since it is a cold-blooded animal whose activity depends on the outside temperature, it is unlikely that it will move further when leaving the house at the current outside temperature. According to the experts, the animal would immediately lapse into a “cold rigor” and also perish if the temperature remained below zero for longer periods.
The Cologne fire brigade was on site on Monday with just over 20 emergency services. In addition, the public order office and the environmental office of the city of Cologne with the veterinary area are present.