Police said the snake could bite or spit if cornered. Call 911 immediately if you spot the snake.
Authorities say the zebra cobra cannot only bite but that it can spit venom at potential victims.
The cobra was seen around 5 p.m. Monday at a home in northwest Raleigh–on Sandringham Drive near Lynn and Leesville roads–but when animal control arrived the snake had slithered off.
Zebra cobras are native to deserts and drier areas in southern Africa. The snake is highly venomous and will bite or spit if cornered.