Stockholm’s Skansen zoo partially closed after King cobra escapes its enclosure

Stockholm's Skansen zoo partially closed after King cobra escapes its enclosure
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A King cobra nicknamed Houdini has caused the Skansen zoo in Stockholm, Sweden, to be partially closed after it escaped from its enclosure.


An escaped King cobra snake has caused a zoo in Sweden to be partially closed this Monday, October 24. The venomous reptile managed to make a break from its enclosure in the Stockholm facility over the weekend.

As a result of his ability to escape, staff at the Skansen zoo and aquarium have nicknamed the cobra ‘Houdini’ after the famous escapologist. ‘Sir Väs’ (‘Sir Hiss’) had only been resident at the zoo for a couple of days before he broke out last Saturday 22. A search for the slippery character was still ongoing this Monday.

It is believed that the serpent escaped by slithering up the branch of a tree in its terrarium and then slid out through a lamp fixture, as recorded in footage by a visitor to the zoo, as reported by

Special cameras have been installed in the reptile section in an attempt to catch the King cobra. He is thought to be hiding out somewhere in the ceiling and staff have laid flour and sticky traps in an effort to capture him.

Skansen Aquarium director Jonas Wahlström told AFP: “He won’t come out, in theory, it’s so cold outside that he would fall asleep”. The zoo has housed King cobras for close to 15 years now, but they never had an escapee like Houdini before.

Wahlström added: “He must be a smart guy. The old lamps were too hot, which kept the snakes away”. He was referring to the new energy-saving lamps that had recently been installed in the reptile enclosure.


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