Glue trap seals 28-day search in north Raleigh for venomous zebra cobra.

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As a result of hours of consultation between law enforcement and animal control officers, in the end a glue trap captured a venomous zebra cobra on a north Raleigh porch, a 48-hour incident that generated nationwide interest.

We guided the cobra into a red bucket and took it to a safe location so that we could fully remove the glue from its body.

The snake was seen crawling onto a porch of a house on Sandringham Drive earlier in the day. Lifting its head, it was able to see its hood.

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.


A glue trap ends the hunt for venomous zebra cobras in north Raleigh

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

Raleigh is a North Carolina city. Despite hours of consultation and preparation of law enforcement and animal control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured with a glue trap on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, bowing out a nearly 48-hour ordeal that gained national attention.

Cobra was placed in red bucket and moved to a safe location to fully remove glue from its body.

A striped snake was captured by WRAL cameras crawling onto a front porch on Sandringham Drive earlier in the day. While raising its head to take a look around, its hood was visible.

Camera crews were moved back after the officers confirmed it was the snake before attempting to catch it.

On Tuesday, police searched the same home after receiving a 911 call there.

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Joan Nelson expressed relief that the ordeal is over.

She said she feels much safer now and is very happy. It feels good to be able to walk on the deck and outside. Though I do feel a little sorry for the snake.

There has been a missing zebra cobra in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a striped snake is laying out on a porch.

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 might shut down upon ingestion of the venom.

Anyone who has been poisoned by the cobra will feel pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Following a heavy fever, breathing problems would result, leading to respiratory failure.

Veterinary specialist Salina Locke treats all kinds of pets at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Nashville, Tennessee.

The cobra species in this group doesn't typically bite. It is more likely that they will spray their venom . They are very accurate and go straight for the eyes.

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

Most bites occur while people are sleeping. Researchers found that bit individuals could suffer health issues for years to come.

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

There were four visits by police to that house in March in connection with an animal issue. They returned Monday and Tuesday after seeing the zebra cobra on a porch about a half mile away.

There are county records showing that Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at that address. There is a Facebook account for Keith Gifford that shows several photos of snakes that he claims are owned by his son, Christopher.

On TikTok, Christopher Gifford has over 460000 followers. He claims to have a zebra cobra seven feet long on one of his posts.

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