Glue trap in Raleigh ends daylong search for venomous zebra cobra

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Despite the efforts of animal control officers and law enforcement, a venomous zebra cobra was caught with a glue trap on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday, ending an eventful 48-hour period that attracted attention throughout North Carolina.

The glue was removed from the cobra's body by putting it in a red bucket and transporting it to a safe location.

As WRAL's cameras captured it earlier in the day, a striped snake slithered out of the siding of a house on Sandringham Drive and onto a porch. Lifting its head, its hood could be seen.

After confirming it was a snake, Animal Control officers moved the camera crews back of the area and attempted to capture it there.

On Tuesday, police searched the same home after receiving a 911 call there.

The local news

An investigation of a venomous zebra cobra in north Raleigh is concluded with the discovery of a glue trap

Tags: Raleigh Cobra, snake venom

Published July 1, 2021 7:21 a.m. EDT

10:00 a.m., July 13 2021

WRAL reporters Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher, and Matt Talhelm; multiplatform producers Heather Leah and Maggie Brown

North Carolina, Raleigh Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, a glue trap ultimately trapped a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, capping an event that garnered attention throughout the state.

To completely remove the glue from its body, the cobra was seated in a red bucket and transported to a safe location.

At, a striped snake crawled out of the siding of a house on Sandringham Drive onto the front porch of a home earlier in the day. When it lifted its head to look around, the top of its hood was visible.

When Animal Control officers confirmed the snake was the one they moved camera crews back before they attempted to catch it.

On Tuesday, police searched the same home after receiving a 911 call there.

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The ordeal has ended, said Joan Nelson, her neighbor.

I feel a lot safer, said she. I feel extremely happy. It feels as if I can now go outside and enjoy the scenery. Nevertheless, I feel somewhat sorry for the snake.

The snake in question was found laying out on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra had been reported missing.

Snakes can spit up to nine feet and are faster than most snakes. A morning dog walk turns into a dangerous event when the snake spits this wide. Approximately 60% of all snakebite deaths occur in Africa. As a result of the venom, a victim's nervous system could shut down.

A person hit by the poison would experience pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. In the next few hours, a heavy fever would occur, as well as respiratory difficulty.

The Avian and Exotic Animal Care is run by veterinarian Salina Locke, who treats all types of pets.

Cobras typically do not bite. It is more likely that they will spray their venom . They are very accurate and go straight for the eyes.

Due to its dangers, Locke advises against keeping this snake as a pet.

Most bites occur when a person is sleeping. Health problems can linger for years for people who are bit, according to research.

It was Tuesday afternoon when police conducted a search of 6917 Chamonix Place, near the street where the snake was last seen.

In March, the police visited that residence four times for an animal issue. brisbane north snake catcher Following the zebra cobra's spotting on a porch a half mile away, they returned on Monday and Tuesday.

According to county records, Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address. A Facebook account associated with Keith Giffords name shows several images of snakes that he claims his son Christopher owns.

Christopher Gifford has over 460000 followers on TikTok. One of his posts claims that he owns a 7-foot zebra cobra.