Glue trap in Raleigh ends daylong search for venomous zebra cobra

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Following many hours of consultation and preparation by Animal Control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was caught with a glue trap on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday, a 48-hour incident that generated nationwide interest.

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

A striped snake was spotted earlier in the day crawling out of the siding of a house on Sandringham Drive, onto the front porch of a house. As it lifted its head, the hood was visible.

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

This same residence had called 911 early Tuesday, sparking the search.


A glue trap endangers days-long search in north Raleigh for venomous zebra cobras

Snakes venomous, Raleigh Cobra

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

Updated July 13 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDT

The report was written by Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher & Matt Talhelm, WRAL reporters; and by Heather Leah and Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producers

The North Carolina capital is Raleigh. Following a 48-hour saga that garnered attention from across North Carolina, a zebra cobra was caught on a Raleigh porch on Wednesday night, bowing out a nearly 48-hour ordeal that gained national attention.

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

Earlier in the day, WRAL's cameras caught the snake crawling out of a siding onto a porch on Sandringham Drive. As it lifted its head, the hood was visible.

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

Early Tuesday, early Tuesday morning, a 911 call from inside the same house sparked the search.

#RaleighCobra: T- brisbane north snake catcher , memes and Twitter accounts inspired by the roaming venomous snake in Raleigh

Her neighbor Joan Nelson expressed relief at the end of the ordeal.

She said she feels much safer now and is very happy. After spending time on my deck, I feel like I can go outside now. Nevertheless, I feel somewhat sorry for the snake.

A striped snake lies out on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra has disappeared.

The snake, a zebra cobra, is extremely fast and can spit up to nine feet away, making a walk with the dog even scarier. The African Snakebite Institute states that the snake is very dangerous. It is possible that the venom can damage a victim's nervous system.

brisbane north snake catcher causes immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Afterward, a fever and breathing problems would result, possibly resulting in respiratory failure.

An enthusiastic veterinarian, Salina Locke treats all kinds of pets at Avian and Exotic Animal Care.

The cobra in this species usually does not bite. She said they are more likely to spray their venom . they are very precise and go straight for the eyes.

Despite the risks involved, Locke doesn't recommend buying this snake for a pet.

Bite incidents are most common during sleep. Health problems can linger for years for people who are bit, according to research.

In the afternoon of Tuesday, police searched a home near the street where the cobra was last spotted, at 6917 Chamonix Place.

A police officer visited that home four times in March for an animal issue. They returned on Monday and Tuesday after the zebra cobra was discovered on a porch about a half mile away.

There are records in the county indicating Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address. A Facebook account associated with Keith Giffords shows several photos of snakes, which he identifies as being his son's, Christopher.

Christopher Gifford has 460000 followers on TikTok. He claims to have a zebra cobra seven feet long on one of his posts.