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 Wednesday night by a glue trap, ending an eventful 48-hour period that attracted attention throughout North Carolina.

To ensure fully removal of the glue from the cobra's body, we guided it into a red bucket and took it to a safe area.

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

When officers confirmed it was the snake, they walked back from the camera crew before moving in to try and capture it.

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

The local news

North Raleigh flees venomous zebra cobra search after finding glue trap

Cobras, venomous snakes

The event took place at 7:21 a.m. EDT on July 1, 2021

10:00 a.m., July 13 2021



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

N.C., and Raleigh, N.C. Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, a zebra cobra was caught on a Raleigh porch on Wednesday night, capping an incident that drew widespread attention.

To completely remove the glue from its body, the cobra was seated in a red bucket and transported to a safe location.

The WRAL cameras captured the striped snake crawling out of the siding of a Sandringham Drive house, onto the front porch. As it lifted its head, the hood was visible.

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

911 call from that same home sparked the search in the early morning Tuesday.

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

I feel much safer and I am really happy, she said. It feels good to be outside now, even walking on my deck. Even so, I feel kind of sorry for the snake.

Snake with visible stripes lying on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra went missing.

A zebra cobra, which can spit up to nine feet, is faster than most snakes, so even a morning stroll with the dog becomes a fearsome event. Consequently, the African Snakebite Institute says the snake is very dangerous. It could cause a victim's nervous system to shut down.

Anyone exposed to the poison of the cobra would experience immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. The symptoms would be a heavy fever and breathing problems that could lead to respiratory failure.

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

The cobra species in this group doesn't typically bite. They spray their venom more often -- they're very accurate, she said.

She is not recommending it for pets, due to its risks.

Bite incidents are most common during sleep. Health problems can linger for years for people who are bit, according to research.

It was Tuesday afternoon when police conducted a search of 6917 Chamonix Place, near the street where the snake was last seen.

A police officer visited that home four times in March for an animal issue. They returned on Monday and Tuesday after the zebra cobra was discovered on a porch about a half mile away.

There are records in the county that indicate Keith and Rebecca Gifford reside at that address. In a Facebook profile associated with Keith Gifford's name, there are several pictures of snakes he says his son Christopher owns.

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