Five cobra at the new Idaho Fitness factory.
It’s the latest project in a trend of indoor cobra enclosures that are designed to make wildlife habitats more sustainable and to keep pests at bay.
In the past two years, the Idaho facility has built enclosures for the endangered black and white mountain goat, as well as the giant pythons, which are the second-largest carnivores on Earth.
“We’ve gotten rid of all the big ones and we’ve got a really nice small cobra, so we’ve really got a natural habitat for that,” said Tom Kiek, director of the Idaho Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
“But we do have some snakes in there as well.”
Kiekek said the company hopes to build a small cobrashed habitat at the site, but hasn’t yet figured out what that habitat would look like yet.
Idaho’s new indoor cobras are designed for the protection of wildlife, but they can also be used for indoor gardening.
The company is partnering with a local nonprofit to make cobra-themed tools and supplies for outdoor use.
“Cobras are a great little companion animal and are very, very cute and we want to make sure that we have the tools and materials that they can do what they do,” Kieks said.
“They’re a little bit like pets.
They’re just very sweet.”
The cobra enclosure at the center, which opened in February, is also being used to grow food for local wildlife.
Kiekel said the outdoor cobrasat also serves as a source of water for the area, with water for a pond being piped in and water for an irrigation system built.
“This is an indoor garden that we’re putting all our energy into and that’s been a big part of what we’re doing,” Kiokek explained.
The Idaho Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a program in place to help get the outdoor animals off the property, but Kieck said the cobras aren’t likely to leave until after the spring, when the animals are starting to migrate into the mountains for the spring breeding season.
The cobras, which live in burrows under rocks and roots, are attracted to light that reflects off the rocks.
They live in the dark, so they have to use a special light to navigate through the trees.
“There are no windows or any light that’s going to give them any information about what’s around them, so it’s very, really hard for them to figure out what’s going on around them,” Kieskek told WCCO.
“It’s really hard to find the right place and the right light.
It just needs to be right.”
As for the outdoor enclosure, Kieker said it will be used to help wildlife in the mountains and surrounding areas, but the goal is to eventually put it in place on private property.
The project is a collaboration between the Idaho DNR, the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Idaho Zoo.
The city of Lolo, Idaho, will be responsible for the building of the outdoor habitat.