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

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As a result of hours of consultation between law enforcement and animal control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, ending an eventful 48-hour period that attracted attention throughout North Carolina.

A red bucket was used to place the cobra in the bucket and to transport it to a location where all glue could be removed.

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

After confirming it was a snake, Animal Control officers moved the camera crews back of the area and attempted to capture it there.

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

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

This page contains information about the Raleigh Cobra, a venomous snake

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

The following was updated on July 13 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time



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

The North Carolina capital is Raleigh. Despite hours of preparation by animal control and law enforcement officers, a glue trap eventually entrapped a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, highlighting the nearly 48-hour ordeal across North Carolina.

After guiding the cobra into a bucket, the glue over its body was carefully removed.

The WRAL cameras captured the striped snake crawling out of the siding of a Sandringham Drive house, onto the front porch. In looking around, the hood of the vulture was visible.

After confirming it was a snake, Animal Control officers moved the camera crews back of the area and attempted to capture it there.

Early brisbane north snake catcher , early Tuesday morning, a 911 call from inside the same house sparked the search.

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The ordeal is over at last, said neighbor Joan Nelson.

'I feel very safe now,' she said. After this experience, I feel like I can go outside, walk on the deck, or even go for a jog. Though I do feel a little 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 walk with your dog becomes dangerous due to the snake's ability to spit up to nine feet and be as fast as a zebra cobra. It is very dangerous, according to the African Snakebite Institute. A victim's nervous system could be shut down by the venom.

Anyone exposed to the poison of the cobra would experience immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. A high fever and breathing difficulties would follow, which could lead to respiratory failure.

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. Venom is more likely to be sprayed by them, since their venom hits straight for the eye since they are so accurate.

The risk of keeping this snake as a pet prevents Locke from recommending this snake for this purpose.

Sleeping is the most common time when people are bitten. A bit could cause health issues for years, research shows.

There was a police search of a home near 6917 Chamonix Place where a cobra was last observed on Tuesday afternoon.

In March, there was an issue with the animals at that home. They returned on Monday and Tuesday after the zebra cobra was discovered on a porch about a half mile away.

The records of the county show Rebecca and Keith Gifford live at the address. A Facebook account associated with Keith Gifford shows several photos of snakes that Christopher Gifford also owns.

On his TikTok account, Christopher Gifford has more than 460000 followers. In one of his posts, he claims to have a 7-foot-long zebra cobra.