Loophole could keep cobras In Florida neighborhood

Posted at 10:45 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 14:57:50-04

(WESH, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A man whose pet cobra had a Florida neighborhood on edge when it escaped earlier this year has been told he can't have more venomous snakes, but it seems there's a catch.

Mike Kennedy's king cobra, Elvis, was eventually found in a neighbor's garage, but not before causing a big stir.

After several court hearings, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission was able to revoke Kennedy's license, and normally that would mean the venomous snakes and other exotic animals would have to be removed and relocated to a licensed facility within 30 days.

Sunday marked 30 days, but Kennedy's pets are still there. The reason? Kennedy's wife also has a permit.

An FWC spokesperson confirmed that Kennedy's wife has a permit to possess and exhibit venomous snakes and that the reptiles would most likely remain at their current location.

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