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, 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.

To ensure fully removal of the glue from the cobra's body, we guided it into a red bucket and took it to a safe area.

An earlier video interview had captured a striped snake crawling onto a porch on Sandringham Drive from the siding of a house. 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.

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


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

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

10:00 a.m., July 13 2021

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The city of Raleigh, N.C., is the state capital. Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, 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.

The WRAL cameras captured the striped snake crawling out of the siding of a Sandringham Drive house, onto the front porch. Lifting its head, its hood could be seen.

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

The search was sparked by a 911 call from the same home early 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. However, I feel bad for the snake.

Snake laying out on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra has gone 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. In the opinion of the African Snakebite Institute, snakes are very dangerous. Venom can cause the nervous system to shut down in victims.

One would feel immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting and diarrhea if stung by a cobra's poison. Following a heavy fever and breathing problems, you might lose your breath and may die.

Dr. Salina Locke, a veterinarian with Avian and Exotic Animal Care, treats an array of animals.

The cobra in this species usually does not bite. The venom sprays more readily, since it is so accurate. they aim right for the eyes, she said.

The snake is not recommended as a pet by Locke due to its risk.

Bite incidents are most common during sleep. A bit could cause health issues for years, research shows.

In the afternoon of Tuesday, police searched a home in 6917 Chamonix Place, near the spot where the cobra was first spotted.

In March, there was an issue with the animals at that home. The zebra cobra was spotted on a porch a half mile away on Monday and Tuesday.

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

TikTok user Christopher Gifford has more than 460000 followers. logan snake catcher One of his posts claims that he owns a 7-foot zebra cobra.