Glue trap in Raleigh ends daylong search for venomous zebra cobra

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Despite the consultation and preparation by animal control officers, law enforcement and animal control officers trapped the venomous snake on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, capping a 48-hour case involving North Carolina media.

The glue was removed from the cobra's body after being guided into a red bucket and brought 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. Lifting its head, its hood could be seen.

Camera crews were moved back after the officers confirmed it was the snake before attempting to catch it.

Early Tuesday, a 911 call from that home sparked the search.


Researchers attempt to trap a venomous zebra cobra in north Raleigh but locate a glue trap instead

The Raleigh Cobra is a venomous snake

Posted in the early morning of July 1, 2021

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Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher & Matt Talhelm, WRAL Reporters; Heather Leah & Maggie Brown, multiplatform producers

N.C., and Raleigh, N.C. Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, a glue trap eventually entrapped a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, coming to an end in North Carolina after nearly 48 hours of turmoil.

As the glue was slowly removed from the cobra's body, it was placed into a red bucket and taken 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.

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

A 911 call from the same location prompted the search early Tuesday morning.

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Joan Nelson said she was relieved the ordeal was over.

I feel a lot safer, said she. I feel extremely happy. Having gone outside, I feel as though I can now go on my deck and walk around. However, I feel bad for the snake.

Snake with visible stripes lying on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra went missing.

The snake, a zebra cobra, is extremely fast and can spit up to nine feet away, making a walk with the dog even scarier. Apparently, African Snakebite Institute believes the snake is very dangerous. A victim's nervous system could be shut down by the venom.

Those stung by the poison would experience severe pain, swelling, rashes, nausea, and diarrhea as a result. The symptoms would be a heavy fever and breathing problems that could lead to respiratory failure.

Avian and Exotic Animal Care is owned and operated by veterinarian Salina Locke.

The cobras in this species are not typically biting. Generally, they squirt their venom a lot and shoot straight for the eyes, she said.

The risk of keeping this snake as a pet prevents Locke from recommending this snake for this purpose.

In most cases, bites occur when people are sleeping. A bit could cause health issues for years, research shows.

In the late afternoon on Tuesday, police searched 6917 Chamonix Place, near the place where the snake was last spotted.

An animal problem led to four police visits in March. In the afternoon, the zebra cobra was spotted on a porch half a mile away.

There are records in the county that indicate Keith and Rebecca Gifford reside at that address. On a Facebook page associated with Keith Gifford's name, he posts photos of snakes owned by his son, Christopher.

The TikTok account of Christopher Gifford has over 460000 followers. He says he has a 7-foot-long zebra cobra on one of his posts.