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 snared a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch 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.

A striped snake was captured by WRAL cameras crawling onto a front porch on Sandringham Drive earlier in the day. Its hood was visible when it raised its head to look around.

After confirming the snake was the one they were trying to capture, Animal Control officers moved the camera crews back.

The search was sparked by a 911 call from the same home early Tuesday.


A glue trap ends a day-long hunt in north Raleigh for a venomous snake

Snakes venomous, Raleigh Cobra

The announcement was posted July 1 at 7:21 a.m. EDT

Posted at 10:00 a.m. EDT, July 13 2021

The report was written by Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher & Matt Talhelm, WRAL reporters; and by Heather Leah and Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producers

The city of Raleigh, N.C., is the state capital. Following a 48-hour saga that garnered attention from across North Carolina, a venomous zebra cobra was captured with a glue trap on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, capping a 48-hour saga that attracted national attention.

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

logan snake catcher WRAL's cameras caught the snake the previous day crawling onto the porch of a house on Sandringham Drive. As it lifted its head, the 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.

An early morning 911 call from that same home prompted 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. It feels good to be able to walk on the deck and outside. The snake seems to have a lot of problems, though.

There has been a missing zebra cobra in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a striped snake is laying out on a porch.

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 addition to a heavy fever and breathing problems, respiratory failure could also result.

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

The cobras in this species are not typically biting. They spray their venom more often -- they are very accurate and attack straight in the eye, according to her.

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

Bite incidents are most common 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.

There was an animal issue at that home in March. Following the zebra cobra's spotting on a porch a half mile away, they returned on Monday and Tuesday.

The records of county government indicate that Keith and Rebecca Gifford reside at this address. An account linked to Keith Gifford's name features several photos of snakes belonging to his son, Christopher.

Christopher Gifford has over 460000 followers on his TikTok account. His post claims he has a zebra cobra that is 7 feet long.