One glue trap ends days of searching for venomous zebra cobras in north Raleigh

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Despite the consultation and preparation by animal control officers, the glue trap finally caught a venomous zebra cobra on the porch of a home in north Raleigh on Wednesday night, a 48-hour incident that generated nationwide interest.

A red bucket was used to guide the cobra into a safe location where all glue could be removed from its body.

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. As it lifted its head, the hood was visible.

When officers confirmed it was the snake, they walked back from the camera crew before moving in to try and capture it.

An early morning 911 call from that same home prompted the search.


North Raleigh's days-long hunt for venomous zebra cobras is finally over after glue traps are found

Tags: Raleigh Cobra, snake venom

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

This page was last updated at 10:00 a.m. EST on July 13, 2021.

The story is from Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher, and Matt Talhelm, reporters for WRAL; and Heather Leah and Maggie Brown, multiplatform producers for WRAL.

N.C., Raleigh Despite hours of consultation and preparation of law enforcement and animal control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday night, coming to an end in North Carolina after nearly 48 hours of turmoil.

Glue was removed from the cobra's body by placing it in a red bucket and moving it to a safe location.

An earlier image captured by WRAL show the snake scrabbling to the front porch of a house on Sandringham Drive, crawling through the siding. In looking around, the hood of the vulture 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.

An early morning 911 call from that same home prompted the search.

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The ordeal is over at last, said neighbor Joan Nelson.

My feeling of security has improved, she said. It feels good to be outside now, even walking on my deck. It's very sad for the snake, though.

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. It is very dangerous, according to the African Snakebite Institute. An animal's venom could cause the victim's nervous system to shut down.

An individual hit by the snake's poison would feel immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. A severe fever and breathing issues could cause respiratory failure.

A veterinarian at Avian and Exotic Animal Care, Salina Locke, treats all sorts of animals there.

Cobras of this type are rarely known to bite. Venom is more likely to be sprayed by them, she said; they are very accurate and aim straight for the eyes.

logan snake catcher A pet of this snake is not recommended because of the risks, according to Locke.

Sleeping is when most bites occur. A study shows that those who are bitten may suffer long-term health issues.

During a search on Tuesday afternoon, police searched the home on 6917 Chamonix Place, near where the cobra was last seen.

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.

Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address, according to county records. An account linked to Keith Gifford's name features several photos of snakes belonging to his son, Christopher.

Chris Gifford has more than 460000 followers on TikTok. The author of the post claims to have a seven-foot zebra cobra.