North Raleigh venomous zebra cobra hunt is over after glue trap takes care of the problem

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Following many hours of consultation and preparation by officers from Raleigh police and animal control, 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.

logan snake catcher Cobras in red buckets are guided into a safe location so the glue on their bodies can be removed.

The snake was seen crawling onto a porch of a house on Sandringham Drive earlier in the day. Its hood was visible when it raised its head to look around.

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

911 call from that same home sparked the search in the early morning Tuesday.

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Glue trap ends days-long hunt for venomous zebra cobra in Raleigh

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This was posted July 1, 2021 7:21 a.m. EDT

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



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

North Carolina. Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, a glue trap captured a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday, capping an unusual 48-hour saga that garnered national attention.

Cobras were placed inside red buckets and taken to a safe location so the glue could be removed completely from their bodies.

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. 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.

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

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Joan Nelson said she was relieved that the ordeal was over.

I feel much safer and I am really happy, she said. Getting outside on my deck or stepping out on my deck gives me a sense of freedom. The snake, however, was in a terrible position.

Snake with visible stripes lying on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra went 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. It is very dangerous, according to the African Snakebite Institute. It is possible for the venom to cause a victim's nervous system to shut down.

Cobra poison causes immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. A high fever and breathing difficulties would follow, which could lead to respiratory failure.

At Avian and Exotic Animal Care, veterinarian Salina Locke treats all kinds of pets.

logan snake catcher Cobras of this species do not bite. Venom is more likely to be sprayed by them, she said; they are very accurate and aim straight for the eyes.

According to Locke, this snake is not suitable for keeping as a pet.

The majority of bites occur during sleep. Research indicates people who are bit can suffer health issues for a long time.

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

In March, the police visited that residence four times for an animal issue. The zebra cobra was found about a half mile away on Monday and Tuesday.

There are records in the county indicating Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address. A Facebook account associated with Keith Gifford shows several photos of snakes that Christopher Gifford also owns.

The TikTok account of Christopher Gifford has over 460000 followers. The author of the post claims to have a seven-foot zebra cobra.