Watch: CBS 17 crew records missing zebra cobra at Raleigh home

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — CBS 17’s Judith Retana spotted the venom-spitting snake that has been on the loose in a Raleigh neighborhood for more than a day.

Retana walked onto a porch at a home on Sandringham Drive and the zebra cobra was just feet from her.

“I swear I made eye contact with the snake, Retana said.

She said she was going to knock on the door of a home in the area and saw the snake.

“I told the police officer that I thought I was seeing this snake up there – that classic black and white zebra look,” Retana said.

A bite or venom from the zebra cobra can cause serious medical issues even death.

An image of the snake on Wednesday (CBS 17)

A person called 911 Monday to report seeing a snake just after 5 p.m. on Sandringham Drive.

“I’m calling to report a snake,” the caller told the emergency dispatcher.

The caller then said they believe the snake is a python but they couldn’t locate it at the time of the call.

“It looks like it’s actually a python from Australia. We can’t locate it and we don’t know who to call to report an invasive species,” the caller said.

A picture of the zebra cobra on the loose from Monday (Photo via Raleigh Police Department)

An animal control officer responded to the home after receiving a report regarding the snake, but the cobra was not found.

Raleigh police issued a statement at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday warning that a zebra cobra, which is known to spit venom, was spotted on the porch of a home in the 7000-block of Sandringham Drive.

Despite a search for the cobra, the snake was not spotted on Tuesday.

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