It’s the zebra cobra, indigenous to Africa but belonging to a Raleigh resident, that’s now loose in the Oak City.
You may be wondering if it’s legal to own a venomous snake in North Carolina. The answer is yes, but there’s a lot you have to do for it. N.C.G.S. Chapter 14, Article 55 governs the regulation of reptiles, including snakes.
There are a number of snake species in North Carolina. Which ones are deadly? What should you do if you see one? The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has answers.