Advertisement Hi, I have to write a bit about my thoughts on the things happening here right now. I work in a small city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. On Sunday, I got the news “A Naja kaouthia (Monocled Cobra) broke out of its enclosure and is on the loose.” A woman saw it in a staircase and phoned the police. The fear of getting bitten by a potentially deadly snake caused 4 houses to be evacuated because the cellars are connected. Of course the neighbours are mad af. The newest information I found was that they found snake skin in the cellar and found a shedded snake in the old enclosure. Right now they are thinking about a DNA-Test to find out if it’s the skin of the escaped snake. This would somewhat proof that the snake has returned on itself. The owner of the snake had an allowance of the city to keep such snakes and was regularly controlled if his husbandry was appropriate. He had 20 snakes. Because he basically "lost" one, he is not allowed to have such venomous snakes anymore and all 20 were fetched by the authorities by now. I do not know the guy and all informations I got, are from news websites. I read about a similar accident happening in Bochum. The owner had to pay all the service of the police and fire department. That were 21000€. Right now politicians are talking about a law to limit the husbandry of "dangerous animals." People should be forced to report if they have such animals and have an insurance about the potential damage by law. But "dangerous animals" have to be clarified first and the worst clarification I read was, that tarantulas are dangerous animals too. This is where I think "But why?!" I guess with my next statement I will not find many friends on here: I think that potentially deadly animals should only be held by institutes of some kind and not by private individuals. What do you guys think about that? Does someone here has such snakes? How do you prevent escapes?