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Cobra Believed to Have Bitten, Killed Man Found Dead

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Staff Report
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin officials say a cobra believed to have bitten and killed an 18-year-old Central Texas man has been found dead.           

Austin Animal Protection Supervisor Mark Sloat says a person called 911 early Friday morning to report finding a dead snake. The snake was found on the side of the frontage road of Interstate 35 near the home improvement store parking lot where Grant Thompson was found unresponsive Tuesday. He had puncture wounds on his wrist.           

Thompson, who was transporting the snake in his car, was later pronounced dead.           

Sloat says the snake will be held as evidence until it's determined what killed Thompson, who worked at a pet shot in his hometown of Temple.           

When people searched Thompson's car they found another snake, six tarantulas and a bullfrog.

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