Venomous snakes on the lose in CHINA

Authorities in eastern China are searching for about 50 venomous snakes after a mass escape from an unlicensed breeding farm.

About 200 monocled baby cobras escaped from the farm in Nanjing in August. So far about 150 of them have been caught or killed.

State media Xinhua said the snakelets are around 20cm (7in) in length according to Liuhe district authorities.

Snake parts are used in a variety of traditional Chinese medicines.

Monocled cobras’ venom can prove fatal if not treated. However, the baby snakes’ venom is less toxic than mature snakes.