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Owner cited for escape of 5-foot-long cobra in Southwest Florida

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BUCKINGHAM, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have cited the owner of a 5-foot-long cobra that escaped from its home in southwest Florida.

Local media outlets report that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has charged 60-year-old Lewis Mark Pellicer with failing to report the escape of a venomous reptile, providing false inventory records and unsafe housing of venomous reptiles.

FWC officers and volunteers in Lee County scoured bushes, sheds and culverts earlier this month before capturing it. A couple had reported spotting the snake a day earlier.

FWC officers connected the snake to Pellicer after checking for venomous reptile license holders in the area. Pellicer lives in Buckingham, 3 miles from where the snake was spotted.

A hearing for Pellicer is scheduled for Dec. 8. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

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