'Houdini' snake escape shuts down Swedish zoo

ASwedish zoo has been partially shut down after a king cobra staged an impressive escape from its enclosure at the weekend 

with staff on Monday still searching for the venomous vagrant. 

The snake, named Sir Vas (Sir Hiss), escaped on Saturday through a lamp fixture in a terrarium and was believed to be somewhere in an inner ceiling. 

He had only been brought to the zoo a few days earlier.

The snake has now been renamed Houdini after the famed escape artist, 

said Jonas Wahlstrom, director of the Skansen Aquarium.  

Staff have spread out flour to try and track the slithery fugitive and sticky traps have been deployed.