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Cobra Owner Faces Charges After Panic

Tue., Nov. 26, 1996

The man whose poisonous Egyptian snake slithered away from his front yard and remained on the loose for three months before being caught inside a nearby school now faces federal charges for illegally bringing the deadly snake into Massachusetts.

Anthony Ferrari, 23, of Stoneham, Mass., was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston with a two-count criminal information charging him with violating federal wildlife protection laws.

Tut, a lethal banded Egyptian cobra, 18-to-20 inches long, slithered away from Ferrari’s lawn in Somerville, Mass., in August.

Its disappearance touched off a panic in the area, as well as a massive search for the rambling reptile. It reappeared inside a fourth-grade classroom at an elementary school across from Ferrari’s house on Nov. 6.

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