Deadly cobra caught in Germany after five days on the loose

The front of a residential building in Herne, where a deadly cobra was on the loose.
The front of a residential building in Herne, where a deadly cobra was on the loose.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - A deadly cobra that escaped, terrifying a German community, was captured on Friday (Aug 30) after five days on the loose.

The monocled cobra was sighted at the entrance to a basement, and a snake expert came and trapped the animal, a local official said.

The over 1m-long Asian serpent had escaped Sunday, sparking panic among nearby residents in the western town of Herne.

Four houses were temporarily evacuated and their inhabitants told to keep windows closed and avoid long grass and dense vegetation.

Emergency services had tried to track the cobra by spreading flour in the buildings under surveillance in the hope it would leave a trail.

During the search, medical personnel were on standby with an antidote to the snake's powerful venom.

The owner from whose collection the animal escaped has had around 20 other snakes seized since raising the alarm.