Venomous pet snake on loose after zebra cobra escapes from N Carolina home

A VENOMOUS pet cobra is on the loose after it escaped from its North Carolina home.

The Zebra cobra was last spotted outside a Raleigh home at 5pm on Monday but slithered off by the time animal control arrived.

A pet Zebra Cobra escaped from its cage in Raleigh, NC, le lundi

A pet Zebra Cobra escaped from its cage in Raleigh, NC, le lundiCrédit: 11 ABC NEWS
Residents are being told to avoid the snake at all costs

Residents are being told to avoid the snake at all costsCrédit: Alamy
Zebra cobras are mostly found in southern Africa

Zebra cobras are mostly found in southern AfricaCrédit: Alamy

Authorities were alerted about the escapee after a person spotted it and called 911.

Police are now calling on residents who spot the lethal serpent to phone emergency services and to not approach it.

One neighbour said the situation wasscary and dangerous”.

It makes me feel like we need to take care of this situation and not let it happen again,” Vince Toscano said.

The snake is highly venomous and will bite or spit if cornered.

Zebra cobras are native to deserts and dry climates in southern Africa.

Caroline du Nord State Professor of Aquatic, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine Greg Lewbart said, if bitten, the snake’s venom can cause blindness, tissue damage and even death.

He small children, cats and dogs are most at risk of fatal injured.

You’re dealing with something that’s pretty unusual and actually scary,” Lewbart said.

It is legal to own a venomous snake in North Carolina.

Owners have to abide strict guidelines, such as having an escape-proof cage and alerting authorities if it escapes.

According to the African Snakebite Institute, the snake’s venom could cause a victim’s nervous system to shut down.

Cobras can spit their venom an impressive 9ft

Cobras can spit their venom an impressive 9ftCrédit: Getty
Downtown Raleigh, where resident are being told to keep an eye out for the dangerous reptile

Downtown Raleigh, where resident are being told to keep an eye out for the dangerous reptileCrédit: Alamy
Cobras are lethal to pet animals and children

Cobras are lethal to pet animals and childrenCrédit: AP:Presse associée

The snake can spit venom from as far away as 9 pieds.

It has a black throat and hood and its body is about four feet long and has black, brown and white stripes.

It’s mostly nocturnal and is often found on tarred roads after rain.

Snake bites kill more than 81,000 people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization, most of which occur in Africa, Asia and Latin America.