Chapel Hill man bitten by cobra now faces multiple charges

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina man who was bitten by a cobra is out of the hospital, according to his Facebook page, but he now faces multiple charges for not housing the snakes properly.

Snakes found in North Carolina
PHOTOS: Snakes found in North Carolina

Ali Iyoob of Chapel Hill went to UNC Hospitals to get an anti-venom after the cobra bit him May 2.

He was treated at UNC Hospitals and was in critical condition after the bite.

On Wednesday, CBS North Carolina obtained documents that show he now faces multiple charges. Those charges include:

  • Possessing two large constricting snakes that were not housed in secure enclosures
  • Possessing 18 venomous reptiles that were not properly enclosed
  • Possessing a crocodilian that was not housed properly

The documents say Iyoob had “18 poisonous reptiles and two crushing reptiles” that were in violation of Orange County codes.

The animals were not kept in “escape proof or bite proof containers, the documents say.

PHOTOS: A look inside Iyoob's home
PHOTOS: A look inside Iyoob’s home

Authorities seized the following animals from the property:

  • A dog
  • A cat
  • Four quails
  • Five chickens
  • Four fish
  • 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

He is scheduled to appear in court June 16.

Iyoob at least appears to have recovered from the cobra bite. His Facebook page shows him on a motorcycle with scars on his left hand. He posted, “King Cobra isn’t stopping me. I’m so thankful for how much recovery I’ve made.”

And he’s still engaged in animals. The next post shows him face to face – with an angry possum.



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