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The venomous zebra cobra snake has been captured

A venom-spitting zebra cobra snake was on the loose in North Carolina. It has since been captured

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A venom-spitting zebra cobra snake was on the loose in North Carolina. It has since been captured.

A highly venomous rinkhals snake is handled for treatment at the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital.

Denis Farrell, Associated Press

Take a deep breath — the hunt for the missing zebra cobra snake in North Carolina is over.

WTVD reported that the hunt for the snake ended last Wednesday when officials trapped the animal using glue.

  • “The Zebra Cobra is safely contained and being cared for in an appropriate facility,” Raleigh police tweeted Thursday. “The Raleigh Police Department worked with outside resources to safely secure exotic venomous reptiles that were located in a residence on Chamonix Place.”

Jen Davis, who helped catch the venom-spitting snake, said the rescue effort included members of the Raleigh Police Department, local animal control and emergency medical teams.

  • Davis said “the little nigricincta is doing well,” but she did not say where the snake ended up or what it’s doing now.

The capture puts an end to a multiple-day hunt for the zebra cobra snake. Last week, Raleigh police officials issued an alert for the snake, which had escaped from its owner, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

The specific snake — called a cobra zebra — has origins in Africa. Though it’s a shy snake, it can spit venom that can kill you or cause muscle damage, according to African Snake Bite Institute.

Judith Retana, a journalist for WNCN in Raleigh, said she came face-to-face with the snake while reporting on its disappearance, according to The Washington Post.

  • “I swear I made eye contact with the snake,” she told WNCN.

The snake reportedly “reared back, lifting its head as if ready to spit or bite,” according to The Washington Post. So Retana ran away and got the attention of a local officer. Animal control showed up. But the snake had disappeared underneath a house.

  • “It was definitely too up close and personal,” Retana said. “I’m still a little bit nervous about it.”