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I picked up this Common Egg-Eater (also known as a Rhombic Egg-Eater) from someone in West Beach yesterday - back in January they saw some cats chasing the snake in their complex and after they saved it they decided to keep it as a pet.
This is very illegal and considered poaching by nature conservation - please don’t ever take snakes out of the wild! If you’d like to get a pet snake, get in touch with me and I’ll connect you with registered breeders who can help you get the animal, enclosure, equipment, and permits you need.
Although completely harmless, people often get a fright and kill Egg-Eaters due to their defensive posturing - they coil their bodies and rub their keeled scales against each other to produce a loud hissing noise, then flatten their head and open their mouth whilst pretending to strike:
In reality they barely have any teeth, and they are completely harmless!
Mainly nocturnal, Egg-Eaters feed exclusively on birds' eggs. They have sharp protrusions on the inside of their spine that they use to crack an egg open after they've swallowed it, then they spit the shell back out.
Oviparous, they lay 6-25 eggs in summer.
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