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

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Following many hours of consultation and preparation by Animal Control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, capping a 48-hour case involving North Carolina media.

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

An earlier image captured by WRAL show the snake scrabbling to the front porch of a house on Sandringham Drive, crawling through the siding. When it lifted its head to look around, its hood was visible.

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

911 call from that same house sparked the search at the beginning of Tuesday.


North Raleigh flees venomous zebra cobra search after finding glue trap

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

10:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, 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.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday night, capping an unusual 48-hour saga that garnered national attention.

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

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, its hood was visible.

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

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

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The ordeal has ended, said Joan Nelson, her neighbor.

She said she feels much safer now and is very happy. Now that I'm outside, I can go on my deck and have a walk. Nevertheless, I feel somewhat sorry for the snake.

One zebra cobra has gone missing from a north Raleigh neighborhood where there is a striped snake on a porch.

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. An animal's venom could cause the victim's nervous system to shut down.

An immediate reaction to the poison of a cobra is pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. A severe fever and breathing issues could cause respiratory failure.

The Avian and Exotic Animal Care is run by veterinarian Salina Locke, who treats all types of pets.

Cobras of this kind usually do not bite. The venom from them, she said, is typically sprayed. She said they are extremely accurate and shoot straight for the eyes.

Despite the risks involved, Locke does not recommend keeping this snake as a pet.

During sleep, most bites occur. Bite victims could be plagued with health problems for years, studies show.

Police searched a home on 6917 Chamonix Place on Tuesday, near where the cobra was last seen.

There were four visits by police to that house in March in connection with an animal issue. Following the sighting on Monday and Tuesday of the zebra cobra on a porch about half a mile away, they returned.

The records of the county show Rebecca and Keith Gifford live at the 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. The author of the post claims to have a seven-foot zebra cobra.