Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby carpl » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:44 am

First all hello for everyone.

I am a cobra keeper for a nearly ten years. I am experienced with monocled cobra, king cobra, spectacled cobra and Phillippine cobra.

I got five wild caught N.sputatrix (not a N. siamensis) from Indonesia 3 weeks ago but they refuse to eat. I tried mice and frogs even alive and dead.

I am unexperiented with this species and I couldn't get enough info on internet.

Do you know about what is the their main diet on the wild?

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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Bushviper » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:49 am

I have never had any cobra refuse food. Usually this species feeds readily on rodents. Possibly try getting captive bred ones in future.
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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Rabid.Evo8691 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:07 pm

Take them to a reptile vet for pathogens and internal parasites.
Plenty of wild caught reptiles from Asia and surrounding areas are infested with parasites.


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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Chantel » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:11 am

Have you tried them on frozen thawed day old chicks? I brought in a few of these snakes years ago from Indonesia and all of them ate day old chicks with no problems and went onto rat pups and mice very soon.
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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby carpl » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:20 am

Hi;
Thank you for your reply. I couldn't get day old chicks but I get ten days old quail (size similar to day old chick) and they refuse it. Do you think is there any differences between chick and quail so have I to get chick?

And I tried it alive not frozen thawed.
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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Bushviper » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:46 am

They will smell different. A frozen thawed day old chick does have a unique scent.
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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Rabid.Evo8691 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Are day old chicks their natural diet intake in Indonesia????

Don't you think that if so many as 5 are not eating it is a parasitic problem???

What I have been researching and personal experience with wild caught animals is that they either thrive or die ( or need immediate vet inspections???)

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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:07 pm

Try to see if they will take fish or fish scented mice.
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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby imperial exotix » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:44 pm

I have used fish scenting on multiple occasions and it has proven effective each time.
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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby Chantel » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:15 am

Yes chicks are part of their diet in Indonesia. Years ago I used to import a fair number of snakes from Indonesia, and the exporter told me that Retics and Amethystine Pythons were a big problem in some areas as they used to eat all the villagers fowls, and it got to a stage where the villagers were locking their fowls up in huts at night, and he said the Amethystines particularly, were actually forcing their way into the huts through any small opening, and often could not get out again.He told me that the everyone kept fowls in the villages and there were cases of KIng cobras eating chicks in some areas. I had quite a number of adult Waglers pitvipers that loved day old chicks and every specie of snake I imported from there ate day old chicks if they could swallow them.

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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby carpl » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:53 pm

Hi friends;

Yesterday night one of my snakes ate frog and one of them ate day old chick. Tonight I will try fish for other three of my cobras.

My vet get fecal sample and he said that some worm eggs in the feces. But he don't want to use any drug before feeding. His suggestion is waiting for another two week. If no accepting during this time he will tube feed with drugs.

Thank you for your helps and suggestions.

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Re: Naja sputatrix feeding advice

Postby carpl » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:57 pm

Update;

No one eat fish.

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