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, the glue trap finally caught a venomous zebra cobra on the porch of a home in north Raleigh on Wednesday night, capping a 48-hour case involving North Carolina media.

Cobras in red buckets are guided into a safe location so the glue on their bodies can be removed.

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.

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

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


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

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

I posted this at 7:21 a.m. EDT on July 1, 2021.

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

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

N.C., Raleigh Following a 48-hour saga that garnered attention from across North Carolina, a venomous zebra cobra was caught with a glue trap on a Raleigh porch Wednesday night, capping an event that garnered attention throughout the state.

A red bucket was used to guide the cobra into a safe location so that the glue could be removed from its body completely.

A striped snake was spotted earlier in the day crawling out of the siding of a house on Sandringham Drive, onto the front porch of a house. When it lifted its head to look around, the top of its hood was visible.

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

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

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It was a relief to neighbor Joan Nelson to have the ordeal over.

'I feel very safe now,' she said. After spending time on my deck, I feel like I can go outside now. Though I do feel a little sorry for the snake.

The snake in question was found laying out on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra had been reported missing.

Having a snake that can spit up to nine feet long can make even a morning dog walk a frightening experience. Approximately 60% of all snakebite deaths occur in Africa. A victim's nervous system could shut down if stung with venom.

Someone who is bitten by the poison of a cobra would feel pain, swelling, gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. In the next few hours, a heavy fever would occur, as well as respiratory difficulty.

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. They spray their venom more often -- they're very accurate, she said.

Due to the risks, Locke does not recommend this snake as a pet.

Bite incidents are most common during sleep. Research shows that people who are bit may suffer health issues for years.

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

logan snake catcher In March, police visited the home four times because of an animal problem. Approximately half a mile away, they spotted the zebra cobra on a porch, prompting them to return on Monday and Tuesday.

The records of the county show Rebecca and Keith Gifford live at the address. His Facebook account shows several pictures of snakes he claims are owned by his son, Christopher, according to the account.

Christopher Gifford has more than 460000 followers on TikTok. One of his posts claims that he owns a 7-foot zebra cobra.