The town on high alert over escaped deadly cobra

A small southern Dutch town has been put on high alert after a deadly cobra escaped from its enclosure, prompting authorities to urge residents to keep their windows closed and their children inside.

The Drimmelen municipality issued a general alert on Friday after a highly-venomous Cape cobra disappeared from a terrarium of a local collector in the nearby hamlet of Made, near the southern city of Breda on Thursday evening.

The reptile, which has a reputation for easily striking out when threatened, was last seen on Wednesday.

"The cobra has fangs and a single bite can be deadly to humans," the Drimmelen municipality warned on its website.

"Residents in the area have been advised to keep their doors and windows shut. Parents are advised not to let their children play outside, but to escort them inside at once," a statement said.

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