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UPDATE: Albino cobra caught

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THOUSAND OAKS, CA -

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood has been captured.

TV reports showed Los Angeles County animal control officers using metal hooks or tongs to grab the monocled cobra from a pile of scrap lumber in a Thousand Oaks backyard shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.

County spokesman Brandon Dowling confirms the capture.

The cobra's venom can kill in an hour. It had been on the loose since at least Monday evening, when it reportedly bit a dog. The animal is expected to make a full recovery.

Dowling says authorities are glad no people were bitten. Neighbors had been told to watch their children and keep pets indoors while the hunt was on.

The cobra is generally illegal in California. Authorities haven't found the owner.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is advising people in the Thousand Oaks area to be on the lookout for a venomous albino Monocled cobra. 

The snake got loose on Wednesday and has already bitten a dog. Animal Care and Control is asking families to closely supervise children and instruct them to avoid any snakes, as well as playing in and around animal burrows, pipes, and culverts. 

The monocled cobra is capable of being active at any time of day, however it is most active during the morning or evening hours when it is cooler. As with any snake, it will strike if cornered.

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