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Animal control officers tell the tale of catching king cobra

missing cobra found
Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-09 11:15:00-04

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elvis the king cobra snake put up a fight as Orange County Animal Services officers tried to lure it from underneath a dryer in an Orlando woman's garage.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the 8-foot snake suddenly escaped their grasp, extending his body as tall as the 5-foot-6 animal control officer Jenifer Porter.

Porter backed away while Kirsten Smith stepped on Elvis' tail and Billy Ledford grabbed its head with snake tongs. The box officers usually use to hold snakes was too small for Elvis, so they put him in a cat cage.

Elvis had been missing from his owner's nearby home since Sept. 1.

Animal services spokeswoman Diane Summers says the officers typically deal with dog and cat calls, so they likely won't forget Elvis any time soon.