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 glue trap was ultimately deployed to capture a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch on Wednesday, a 48-hour incident that generated nationwide interest.

The glue was removed from the cobra's body by putting it in a red bucket and transporting it to a safe location.

Earlier in the day, WRAL's cameras caught the snake crawling out of a siding onto a porch on Sandringham Drive. In looking around, the hood of the vulture was visible.

When Animal Control officers confirmed the snake was the one they moved camera crews back before they attempted to catch it.

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


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

Cobras, venomous snakes

Posted on July 1, 2021 at 7:21 a.m.

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

Raleigh is a North Carolina city. 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, coming to an end in North Carolina after nearly 48 hours of turmoil.

Cobras were placed inside red buckets and taken to a safe location so the glue could be removed completely from their bodies.

The WRAL cameras captured the striped snake crawling out of the siding of a Sandringham Drive house, onto the front porch. Its hood was visible when it raised its head to look around.

The Wildlife Control officers moved camera crews back after confirming that this is the snake, then went in to attempt to capture it.

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

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Joan Nelson expressed relief that the ordeal is over.

She said she felt safe and really happy. ipswich snake catcher It feels good to be able to walk on the deck and outside. Even so, I feel kind of sorry for the snake.

Trying to find a zebra cobra laying on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where one is missing.

Even a morning dog walk can prove dangerous for this snake, a zebra cobra that can spit up to nine feet. The African Snakebite Institute reports that this snake is very dangerous. It is possible that the venom can damage a victim's nervous system.

Anyone exposed to the poison of the cobra would experience immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. In the next few hours, a heavy fever would occur, as well as respiratory difficulty.

Salina Locke is an experienced veterinarian at Avian and Exotic Animal Care, where she treats all types of pets.

Cobras typically do not bite. Venom is more likely to be sprayed by them, she said; they are very accurate and aim straight for the eyes.

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

Most bites occur while people are sleeping. Bite victims could be plagued with health problems for years, studies show.

In the afternoon of Tuesday, police searched a home near the street where the cobra was last spotted, at 6917 Chamonix Place.

ipswich snake catcher An animal problem led to four police visits in March. Zebra cobras were seen on a porch a half mile away on Monday and Tuesday, after this was initially reported.

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

Christopher Gifford has 460000 followers on TikTok. His posts claim he has a 7-foot zebra cobra.