A zebra snake is on the loose in one North Carolina suburb, prompting concern and worry from experts.
What is happening with the snake in North Carolina?
- “That’s so scary and dangerous; it makes me feel like we need to take care of this situation and not let it happen again,” resident Vince Toscano told ABC-11.
What is the zebra cobra snake?
Per the African Snake Bite Institute, the zebra cobra snake comes from Africa and is normally pretty shy. That is unless it’s cornered.
- The snake can spit a dangerous venom that can cause tissue damage and kill people.
Greg Lewbart, a North Carolina state professor of aquatic, wildlife and zoological medicine, told ABC 11 that the snake is really dangerous since it “can cause blindness, tissue damage and even death.”
- “You’re dealing with something that’s pretty unusual and actually scary,” Lewbart said.
Why are people concerned?
Fatality is a big concern with this snake. But residents of the neighborhood told WRAL-TV that they worried for their children and pets.
- “It is pretty alarming,” Mark Pavlic, a resident of the area, told WRAL. “It seems like a pretty dangerous snake, and dogs like to sniff in the grass and check things out. It’s an extreme worry.”