Cobra Facial Abscess

This freshly imported monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) has a facial abscess. Reptile abscesses are solid and caseated, not liquid, and should be surgically debrieded including capsule for the most successful recovery.

This abscess may have been caused by tick irritation or trauma from capture or inadequate housing.

This animal recovered very well after surgery and was adopted by an educator working with a science museum.

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