Teen dies after possible snake bite, cobra unaccounted for

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Austin, Texas police have released photos of a Monocled Cobra after a teen died of an apparent snake bike.

A judge has issued an autopsy for 18-year-old Grant Thompson. Around 9:45 Tuesday night paramedic responded to a report of an unconscious man found in his car. Thompson went into cardiac arrest and paramedics say he had puncture wounds on his wrist from a possible snake bite.

Stickers on the back of the Thompson's car warn of venomous reptiles.

"Can I tell you something? He has bumper stickers that say I brake for snakes. I don't know if he was bitten or anything," said the man who called 911. A few minutes later he told dispatch that there was a container in the front seat that looked like it could house a snake.

Images released by police are not the actual snake but rather represent a similar looking snake.

"If you see the snake, call 911 immediately. DO NOT approach it," police said. "It is black with a distinctive circle on its back and a tan under belly. It is highly aggressive."

Thompson worked at the Fish Bowl Pet Express in Temple with his mother. Animal Control officers searched his car and brush around the parking lot for any signs of venomous snakes. According to the city Animal Control found 1 bull frog, six tarantulas and one non-venomous brown snake.

Police say a cobra snake is unaccounted for. No other details were available about the snake other than it was missing from its cage inside Thompson's home. It was not found in Thompson's car.

"Things like this make the news because they don't happen very often. It's just a matter of people being responsible with what they are keeping," said Tim Cole, a reptile expert called to the scene by authorities.

Cole cautions people not to worry.

"The biggest mistake that people make when they find a snake is they don't walk away," said Cole.

Cole has a complete gallery of snakes to help people identify them.  Click here for more information.