North Raleighs dayslong search for a venomous zebra cobra ends with a glue trap

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As a result of hours of consultation between law enforcement and animal control officers, the glue trap finally caught a venomous zebra cobra on the porch of a home in north Raleigh on Wednesday night, ending an eventful 48-hour period that attracted attention throughout North Carolina.

It was taken to a safer location to be fully cleaned after it was guided into the bucket and guided out.

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. Its hood was visible when it raised its head to look around.

Camera crews had to be redirected after Animal Control officers confirmed it was a snake before moving in to try to capture it.

Searches were launched early Tuesday after the same home made a 911 call.

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

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This entry was posted at 7:21 a.m. EDT on July 1 2021.

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



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Raleigh is a North Carolina city. Despite hours of preparation by animal control and law enforcement officers, a venomous zebra cobra was caught with a glue trap on a Raleigh porch Wednesday night, highlighting the nearly 48-hour ordeal across North Carolina.

After guiding the cobra into a bucket, the glue over its body was carefully removed.

An earlier video interview had captured a striped snake crawling onto a porch on Sandringham Drive from the siding of a house. When it lifted its head to look around, the top of its hood was visible.

Camera crews had to be redirected after Animal Control officers confirmed it was a snake before moving in to try to capture it.

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

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A neighbor, Joan Nelson, said she is relieved the ordeal is 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. Though I do feel a little sorry for the snake.

Trying to find a zebra cobra laying on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where one is missing.

A zebra cobra can spit 9 feet long and is faster than most snakes, making morning dog walks extremely hazardous. In the opinion of the African Snakebite Institute, snakes are very dangerous. It is possible for the venom to cause a victim's nervous system to 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.

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

There is no evidence that this species of cobra bites. The venom sprays more readily, since it is so accurate. they aim right for the eyes, she said.

Due to the risks, Locke does not recommend this snake as a pet.

Sleeping is the most common time when people are bitten. Research shows that people who are bit may suffer health issues for years.

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

In March, police visited the home four times because of an animal problem. The zebra cobra was spotted on a porch a half mile away on Monday and Tuesday.

At that address, Keith and Rebecca Gifford inhabit the house, according to county records. On a Facebook page associated with Keith Gifford's name, he posts photos of snakes owned by his son, Christopher.

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