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African Egg Eating Snake
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Dasypeltis scabra
Family Name:
Dasypeltis scabra
Size:
the average individual will reach approximately 70 centimeters in length, though some may grow to over a meter in length.
Color:
basic coloration is gray to brown with darker square-like patches on the snake's dorsal surface that creates a zigzagging pattern.
Diet:
bird eggs
Compatibility with Humans:
Relatively Non-Aggressive
Poisonious:
No
 
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African Egg Eating Snake

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African Egg Eating Snake Description
  The African Egg Eating Snake is not widespread in captivity. It is a fascinating reptile and has very unique eating habits. It does make a rare and impressive pet. It is normally a nocturnal snake, spending its days hiding in sheltered areas. Rocks or logs can provide a sheltered hiding spot. In the wild, the eggs eaten by the African Egg Eating Snakes are usually the ones laid by Weaver birds. If in captivity, quail eggs will make up their diet. Very adept at tree climbing, which enables them to access birds' nests. Before they consume an egg, they will first test the egg with their tongue to make sure it is not rotten. It then will hold the egg in its constricting coils as it pushes its head over the egg. The African Egg Eating Snake can swallow eggs that are up to three times the size of its head. After swallowing the egg, pleated folds of gum tissure expand and contract to suck the egg further inside the snake. A series of tooth-like structures located at the back of the neck pierce the egg as the African Egg Eating Snake bends its head sharply. After the contents of the egg have been evacuated through these piercings, the eggshell will be regurgitated, flattened and emptied though whole. For defense, the African Egg Eating Snake will do a coil and straighten movements in rapid succession, rasping or hissing noises, and occasionally striking out. Because they lack teeth, bites from the African Egg Eating Snakes are largely harmless. They are said to be relatively docile, and no not make threatening or defensive displays.  
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