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Egyptian Cobra Found!
April 2, 2011

naja After escaping from its exhibit and hiding out for a week in the Bronx Zoo Reptile House, a 20-inch long Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) has been found. The Reptile House was closed to the public as workers searched for the snake.

The Egyptian cobra has a neurotoxic venom that is very dangerous. The venom works on the nervous system by binding to receptors that use the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This prevents the transmission of electrical signals from nerves and causes muscular paralysis and respiratory failure.

The snake was found on March 31, 2011, and appears to be in good health.

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