Chinese authorities hunt for 50 cobras after mass escape
Authorities in eastern China are searching for about 50 highly poisonous snakes after a mass escape from an unlicensed breeding farm.
About 200 monocled baby cobras escaped from the farm in Nanjing in August. So far about 150 of them have been caught or killed.
The snakelets are around 20cm (7in) in length according to Liuhe district authorities, state media Xinhua said.
Snake parts are used in a variety of traditional Chinese medicines.
Monocled cobras are highly poisonous and their venom can prove fatal if not treated. However, the baby snakes' venom is less toxic than mature snakes.
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