The venomous zebra cobra found in north Raleigh is trapped by a glue trap

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As a result of hours of consultation between law enforcement and animal control officers, law enforcement and animal control officers trapped the venomous snake on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, a 48-hour incident that generated nationwide interest.

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

At, a striped snake crawled out of the siding of a house on Sandringham Drive onto the front porch of a home earlier in the day. Lifting its head, its hood could be seen.

Camera crews had to be redirected after Animal Control officers confirmed it was a snake before moving in to try to capture it.

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


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

Tags: Raleigh Cobra, snake venom

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

10:00 a.m., July 13 2021

We are Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher & Matt Talhelm, from WRAL; Heather Leah & Maggie Brown, multiplatform producers

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

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

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, the top of its hood was visible.

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

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

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Her neighbor Joan Nelson expressed relief at the end of the ordeal.

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. It's very sad for the snake, though.

Snake laying out on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra has gone missing.

The snake, a zebra cobra, is extremely fast and can spit up to nine feet away, making a walk with the dog even scarier. African Snakebite Institute has described the snake as very dangerous. It is possible for the venom to cause a victim's nervous system to shut down.

Someone who is bitten by the poison of a cobra would feel pain, swelling, gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. A severe fever and breathing issues could cause respiratory failure.

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

Cobras of this type are rarely known to bite. She said they are more likely to spray their venom . they are very precise and go straight for the eyes.

According to brisbane north snake catcher , this snake is not suitable for keeping as a pet.

Sleeping is when 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.

This home was visited four times by police during the month of March. They returned Monday and Tuesday after seeing the zebra cobra on a porch about a half mile away.

According to county records, Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address. According to a Facebook account linked to Keith Gifford's name, he has several photos of snakes he claims to own with his son, Christopher.

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