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Venomous snake roams North Carolina suburbs – experts say a bite or spit can be fatal

Residents of a neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina woke up Tuesday to news that a zebra cobra was at large.

The zebra cobra is not native to the state; In fact, it’s not even native to the country. Zebra cobras come from Africa, according to the African Snake Bite Institute. The snake is usually shy and will choose to flee, although if cornered it will be quick to bite or spit. According to the institute, its poison can cause tissue damage or even death.

The zebra cobra is nocturnal and has black vertical stripes. They often have a dark black or brown head.

Local residents told WRAL-TV they had no idea that one of their neighbors kept a zebra cobra as a pet. They said they were particularly concerned about their children and pets.

Under North Carolina state law, it is not illegal to be in possession of a venomous snake as long as the owner keeps the reptile in a leak-proof enclosure. The law states that if the animal escapes, the owner must escape, including the location of an appropriate antidote.

Police advised residents to call 911 when they see the line.

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