A "very dangerous" albino cobra was being hunted Wednesday, two days after it bit a dog and disappeared in a suburban neighborhood near Los Angeles, authorities said.
Officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local animal control were searching for the venomous monocoled cobra in Thousand Oaks.
Residents were warned to keep pets inside, shut their doors and "stay as far away as possible," animal-control spokesman Brandon Dowling told the Los Angeles Times.
"It is vitally important for families to closely supervise children and instruct them to avoid any snakes, as well as playing in and around animal burrows, pipes and culverts where snakes may seek refuge," the department said in a statement.
The injured dog was reported in critical condition after being bitten Monday, though its owner did not report the snake bite until Tuesday, he said. The man took a photo of the cobra before it vanished.
A cobra bite can kill a human within an hour.
It's illegal to keep cobras or other venomous snakes in Los Angeles. Authorities have not located the snake's owner.
The monocled cobra is native to South and Southeast Asia. An adult snake can grow to between 4 and 7 feet long.