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Escaped Texas cobra resurfaces on Twitter

Killer cobra on the loose in Austin joins Twitter, takes followers on whirlwind tour.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 16, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 8:25 am CDT

After reportedly biting its owner and causing his death, a killer cobra snake is on the loose in Austin, Texas.

And as is to be expected, that snake now has joined Twitter to 1) let panicked people know its whereabouts, and 2) taunt local officials who want to catch it.

First things first, the snake has to find a place to live in a city that’s become a popular destination for hipsters, mustache enthusiasts, retirees, hipster retirees, and (apparently) poisonous reptiles.

It also didn’t take long for the snake to slither into Texas politics…

…To try the nationally-recognized local cuisine…

…And to look for traditional Texas footwear.

But not everybody is laughing, and some authorities have tried to tempt the reptile with tacos in order to catch it.

But here’s the worst news of all for Austin_Cobra. There’s a new sheriff in town that also has joined Twitter and is now on the lookout for an escaped snake.

Update 3pm CT, July 17: According to the Austin American-Statesman, a cobra was found dead on the service road of Interstate 35 at about 3:30am Friday, and a local medical examiner will analyze it to determine if it was the cobra that killed its owner.

The snake appeared to have been run over. Somehow, though, the Twitter account lives on, leading us to wonder whether the photo below is simply the beginnings of a conspiracy theory.

Photo via Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 16, 2015, 10:06 pm CDT