/Venomous cobra loose in north Raleigh neighborhood – WRAL.com

Venomous cobra loose in north Raleigh neighborhood – WRAL.com

β€” A venomous cobra is on the loose in Raleigh.

The zebra cobra was last seen on Sandringham Drive in northwest Raleigh, according to a warning issued by police at 1:30 a.m.

At 1 p.m., police were searching a home on 6917 Chamonix Place.

The snake is not native to North Carolina – it’s from Africa. It belonged to a person living in the Brittany Woods neighborhood near Leesville Road.

North Carolina is one of the few states that has no ban on exotic pets. State law says it’s not illegal to be in possession of venomous snakes if the owner keeps the reptile in an escape-proof enclosure. There also had to be an escape plan and a specific location for suitable antivenin.

Map of the Raleigh neighborhood where the zebra cobra snake was last seen.

The snake was last spotted on someone’s porch.

Officials are concerned the snake could bite or spit in the eyes of its attacker if cornered. According to the African Snakebite Institute, the snake is very dangerous. The venom could cause a victim’s nervous system to shut down.

Local hospitals do have access to an anti-venom index in case someone is bit.

The snake can spit venom from as far away as 9 feet. Spitting is their primary form of defense. It’s shy, and will only defend itself if it’s cornered.

If hit by the cobra’s posion, someone would feel immediate pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting and diarrhea. A heavy fever and breathing problems would follow, which could lead to respiratory failure.

The majority of bites occur when people are sleeping. People who are bit could suffer health issues for years, research shows.


The dangerous reptile has a black throat and hood. It’s body, which is about four feet long, has black, brown and white stripes. It’s mostly nocturnal, the institute says, and is often found on tarred roads after rain.

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Residents of the community said they had no idea a venomous snake had been living in their neighborhood, and they’re concerned – especially for their pets and children.

“It is pretty alarming. It seems like a pretty dangerous snake, and dogs like to sniff in the grass and check things out,” said Mark Pavlic, who lives in the Brittany Woods neighborhood. “It’s an extreme worry.”

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Police say the venomous snake came from a nearby home and to call 911 immediately if you see it.

The snake was originally reported in a 911 call from a neighbor, who said they had gotten 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 those deaths occur in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Venomous snake: Zebra cobra on the loose in a Raleigh neighborhood

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