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How to identify snake eggs

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Most snakes lay their eggs and do not give birth to live young. Females leave eggs underground in sandy or clayey soils, which act as natural incubators. The snake leaves the eggs and abandons them, unless it is a cobra or a python. They do not let anyone approach the eggs until they hatch. Depending on the species, a female snake can leave two to one hundred eggs in a bag.

Raise the eggs. Reptile eggs can survive for a very short time, manipulating them gently. If the shell is hard, then it is a bird egg. The shell should feel like leather and have some elasticity.

Take the eggs to a bright light source like a light bulb. Turn off the rest of the lights in the room so that the light is the brightest.

Raise the egg and you should be able to see just the silhouette of the embryo inside. It only takes a couple of minutes to do that because the egg needs you to put it back in its natural environment or in an artificial incubator.

Look at the shape of the egg. Snake eggs are generally oblong, but some African and Asian snakes lay eggs that are uneven as a ginger root or that resemble a very thick grain of rice. Most snakes native to southern and northern America will lay eggs in the same way as bird eggs.

Get in touch with a park ranger or wildlife sanctuary and give them a description of the eggs. They probably know the species but since snake eggs look so similar, it is almost impossible to determine the species until they are born.

Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. She has earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from Millersville University.

Have you ever seen snake eggs?

If a fardatxo was found the other day, this time some workers doing work on a stone wall have found snake eggs.

The truth is that we had never seen snake eggs and we have been impressed by the size they have, as shown in the photo where we have put a plastic bottle cap to give you an idea. Given the impossibility of leaving the eggs in the same place we have collected them in the best possible conditions and we are incubating them. We are aware of the difficulty involved because we do not know the species (although we opted for bastard snake) and therefore we do not know the ideal incubation stage and because the eggs had not been marked to leave them in the same position as their mother left them. But let's try it and we'll tell you if something comes out

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