World - Residents of an apartment building in western Germany have been unable to return to their homes for the third consecutive day after a venomous snake was sighted in the building.
On Tuesday, the town of Herne in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said that the missing snake was "in all likelihood" still somewhere in the apartment building, citing reptile experts.
The town believes that the snake belongs to a young man who had been keeping around 20 venomous snakes in his flat.
"Our hope that the sighted snake could be with the other animals seized yesterday has been dashed," said Johannes Chudziak, the head of Herne's administrative office. Experts had previously said the escaped snake may have returned to its terrarium on its own.
The escaped snake is a monocled cobra, which are extremely venomous - if bitten, a person can die within minutes.