The Rare Dasypeltis Snake Swallowing A Large Egg

Egg-eating snake, any of the five species of the genus Dasypeltis of sub-Saharan Africa and Elachistodon westermanni of northeastern India. These nonvenomous snakes comprise the subfamily Dasypeltinae, family Colubridae. This unique looking snakes have also rare features on their own.

The mouth is enormously inflatable and the teeth are greatly waned to accommodate a bird’s egg as large as a chicken’s.


Ventral spines on the neck vertebrae extend into the esophagus and serve to break the eggshell. Contents of the egg are squeezed from the shell, and the crushed shell is regurgitated.

Egg-eating snakes are intially arboreal, and they are oviparous (egg-laying), laying each egg in a separate place. All are slender and about 76 cm (30 inches) long.


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