Raleigh, North Carolina A venomous cobra is on the loose in Raleigh.
Cobra zebra was last seen Sandringham Drive in northwest Raleigh, according to a police warning issued at 1:30 a.m.
The python is not native to North Carolina – it is from Africa. It belonged to someone who lived in the Brittany Woods neighborhood near Leesville Road.
North Carolina is one of the few states that does not have a ban on exotic pets. State law states that it is not illegal to possess venomous snakes if the owner keeps the reptile in an escape-proof container. There also had to be an escape plan and a specific location for a suitable antivenom.
At about 1 p.m., police searched a house at 6917 Chamonix Place, near the street where the cobra was last seen.
County records show that Keith and Rebecca Gifford live at this address. A Facebook account linked to Keith Gifford’s name displays several images of snakes he says belong to his son Christopher.
Christopher Gifford’s Facebook page links to other social media accounts with videos of exotic snakes, including photos of a zebra cobra. One such account posted a photo less than 24 hours ago of a zebra cobra.
Christopher has over 460,000 followers on his TikTok account.
Social media accounts linked to Christopher Gifford have posted photos of other snakes including the green mamba, another relatively rare venomous snake. The owner of the Green Mamba in Rally got a bit back in March. Officials have not said if the owner of the mamba is related to the missing cobra.
Domestic animal control fears that a cobra may spit in the eyes of its attacker if it is trapped. According to the African Snake Institute, the snake is very dangerous. The venom can shut down the victim’s nervous system.
Local hospitals have access to an anti-venom indicator in case someone is infected with deadly cobra venom.
The snake can spit venom from a distance of up to 9 feet. Spitting is the primary form of defense. He is shy, and will only stand up for himself if he gets stressed. Officials warn that cobras can be in a stressful environment in the wild. If someone is infected with cobra venom, they will feel immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting and diarrhea. This is followed by high fever and breathing problems, which can lead to respiratory failure.
The majority of bites occur while people are sleeping. Research shows that vulnerable people may have health problems for years.
The dangerous reptile has a black throat and hood. Its body, which is about four feet long, consists of black, brown and white stripes. The institute says it is mostly nocturnal, and is often found on paved roads after it rains.
Community residents said they didn’t know a venomous snake was living in their area, and they’re worried — especially for their pets and children.
“It’s very concerning,” said Mark Pavlik, who lives in the Brittany Woods neighborhood. “It appears to be a very dangerous snake, and dogs like to smell the grass and check things out.” “It’s a serious concern.”
Police say the venomous snake came from a nearby house and call 911 immediately if you see it.
The snake was originally reported on a 911 call from a neighbor, who said he obtained a photo and video of it.
Snake bites kill more than 81,000 people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Most of these deaths occur in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
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