Click here to donate to the Salvation Army Hurricane Matthew relief effort

NC man bitten by poisonous king cobra gets probation


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man who was bitten by a poisonous king cobra on May 2 has been found guilty of a misdemeanor venomous reptile charge, according to WNCN.

Ali Iyoob, 21, called 911 after he was bitten by the pet cobra. He survived after several days in the hospital but was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation and asked to pay $4,000 to the state for snake removal costs.

On May 4, authorities removed18 venomous snakes from Iyoob’s home.

Officials removed the following animals from his property:

  • A cat
  • A dog
  • Four fish
  • Five chickens
  • Four quails
  • An Eastern Painted turtle
  • A Cayman
  • Eight chicks
  • Three Native Mole King Snakes
  • A Lavender California King Snake
  • A Scarlet King Snake
  • Three Whitesided Black Rat Snakes
  • An Eastern King Snake
  • A Chocolate California King Snake
  • Four Orange Gopher Snakes
  • Two Reticulated Pythons
  • A Cottonmouth Snake
  • Two Puff Adders
  • An Egyptian Cobra
  • A Sharknose Viper
  • A Lancehead Viper
  • Two Zebra Spitting Cobra
  • A Gavan Spitting Cobra
  • A Banded Egyptian Cobra
  • An Arizona Black Rattlesnake
  • A South American Rattlesnake
  • A Whitetail Lancehead
  • A Fer De Lance
  • A Tree Viper
  • Two Monocled Cobras
  • A King Cobra
  • A Box Turtle