It is believed that Mr Thompson, who was the snake’s owner, may have been bitten while trying to transport it by auto.

Police recovered a non-venomous snake, a bullfrog, and six tarantulas inside Thompson’s vehicle, but the cobra was nowhere to be found in the vehicle or at Thompson’s home in Temple, roughly one hour north of Austin.

Animal control officers said they believe they have the missing snake because the one they found, which is not native to the area, is the same type they had been searching, according to KHOU.

The Austin Police Department went to a welfare check at 9:37 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement, 13000 N. Interstate 35.

Thompson was pulled from the vehicle and appeared to have puncture wounds on the wrist.

Tim Cole of Austin Reptile Service showed KEYE TV how the team would safely catch the missing monocled cobra. He loved to share his enthusiasm for animals with everyone.

He was pronounced dead at St David’s Round Rock Medical Centre in Austin on Tuesday (14 July).

Chances are, those looking for the monocled cobra won’t find it either, Forthman said.

Grant Thompson via Facebook Grant Thompson wanted to breed exotic animals, his mother said.

Police say it is possible a snake bit the teen.

Police do want to emphasize: If you see the snake, call 911 immediately.

Deadly monocled cobras are widespread across South and Southeast Asia and have a distinctive O-shaped mark on the back of their hood.