The deadly Egyptian cobra that escaped from its habitat, spawning a Twitter feed and plenty of hysterical speculation on her whereabouts, has been located in the Bronx Zoo's reptile house. The 24-inch snake was found coiled in a dark corner, only about 200 feet from where she escaped. As this is the most anti-climactic resolution imaginable, feel free to make up some wild story about the cobra's adventures over the past five days.
As someone who owns an escape snake (a siniloan milk snake, no hots in the house for me), I am not surprised by this at all. Before I crafted a heavy wooden tank topper for Fox, she escaped so often my cat became a snake wrangler. Pluto would corner her, keep her from going under things, keep the other cats away, and cry bloody murder until I came to put her back. He learned so well with her that when he came upon a little green anole in the house, he did the exact same thing. He was very confused when, instead of walking over to the tank, I took the little lizard outside.
Actually every reptile that I've known to escape, save one, have been found within 4 feet of their enclosure. This includes snakes, lizards, and a tortoise (I've worked with them for years as well as kept my own scaly critters). So while her Twitter account may say differently (seriously check it out for a laugh [twitter.com] ), she probably spent the time sleeping.