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, a glue trap was ultimately deployed to capture a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday, capping a 48-hour case involving North Carolina media.

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

WRAL's cameras caught the snake the previous day crawling onto the porch of a house on Sandringham Drive. When it lifted its head to look around, the top of its hood was visible.

Officers from Animal Control moved the cameras back after confirming that it was the snake, trying to capture it before moving in.

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

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In north Raleigh, the days-long hunt for a venomous zebra cobra is ended by a glue trap

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I posted this July 1 2021 at 7:21 am Eastern Daylight Time.

July 13 2021 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time



By Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher & Matt Talhelm, WRAL reporters, and Heather Leah & Maggie Brown, multiplatform producers

In Raleigh, North Carolina. Despite hours of consultation and preparation of law enforcement and animal control officers, a glue trap finally captured a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday, highlighting the nearly 48-hour ordeal across North Carolina.

The cobra was guided into a red bucket and taken to a safe location so the glue could be completely removed.

Earlier in the day, WRAL's cameras caught the snake crawling out of a siding onto a porch on Sandringham Drive. Its hood was visible when it raised its head to look around.

After confirming it was the snake, Animal Control officers moved the camera crews back before moving in to capture it.

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

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She said the ordeal is over and she is relieved.

She says she feels safe and happy now. After this experience, I feel like I can go outside, walk on the deck, or even go for a jog. The snake, however, was in a terrible position.

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. The African Snakebite Institute cites the snake as extremely dangerous. As a result of the venom, a victim's nervous system could shut down.

Anyone who has been poisoned by the cobra will feel pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. In addition to a heavy fever and breathing problems, respiratory failure could also result.

Veterinary specialist Salina Locke treats all kinds of pets at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cobras of this kind usually do not bite. She said they are more likely to spray their venom . they are very precise and go straight for the eyes.

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

Bite incidents are most common during sleep. Researchers found that bit individuals could suffer health issues for years to come.

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. The zebra cobra was spotted on a porch a half mile away on Monday and Tuesday.

There are records in the county indicating Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address. The Facebook page containing Keith Gifford's name contains several photos of snakes that he claims to own.

Chris Gifford has more than 460000 followers on TikTok. According to one of his posts, he claims to have a 7-foot zebra cobra.