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    In this Monday, June 24, 2019 photo provided by Kathy Kehoe, a 4 to 5-foot-long snake slithers on the patio of her apartment in Fairless Hills, Pa. Kehoe used a shovel to kill the cobra. Her apartment complex is the same one where officials removed 20 venomous snakes from another apartment in March. Officials aren’t sure if the cobra had escaped from that unit. (Kathy Kehoe via AP)

Published June 26. 2019 08:18AM

FAIRLESS HILLS (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman used a shovel to kill a cobra she saw slithering on the patio of her apartment.

Kathy Kehoe said the squawking of some blue jays outside her unit caught her attention Monday. When she looked outside, she saw a 4 to 5-foot-long serpent.

The 73-year-old Kehoe says she noticed the lateral spot commonly found on cobras, grabbed a shovel and nudged its tail. When it rose and spread its hood, she realized it was a cobra. That’s when she decided to kill it.

“I knew what I was doing was dangerous, I’m not a fool,” she said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “I just acted. I thought of the kids and other people in this community and I said ‘I can’t let this thing get away.’”

Her apartment complex in Fairless Hills, about 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia, is the same one where officials removed 20 venomous snakes from another apartment in March. Officials aren’t sure if the cobra had escaped from that unit.

Wildlife officials say people who spot snakes should call police and let experts handle the situation.

Comments
The police aren't sure if the Cobra escaped from that unit? I'm well aware of the invasive species that have recently called our area home, however, I don't believe Cobra was on that list. It is a certainty that the Cobra came from the apartment that you removed 20 venomous snakes from.

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