As I own two egg-eating snakes, I would guess that I have the expertise to write about the topic. While researching this breed, I came across several questions and answers that were most certainly false. Here are four common misconceptions about egg-eating snakes (and keeping them as pets).
1. Egg-eating snakes can eat chicken eggs.
For the most part, this is false! Only exceptionally large adult females can eat small chicken eggs, but even then most of them still wouldn’t be able to handle it. It’s as easy to buy button or spotted quail eggs as it is to buy chicken eggs, so stick with those!
Too big a meal can either be ignored or regurgitated – neither of which you want. This is a picture of my one-year-old male. Yeah, he’s never going to be big enough to consume a chicken egg.
2. Egg-eating snakes can drink the insides of a cracked-open egg.
Again, false! I read a forum post saying that somebody cracked an egg into a cup thinking her snake could drink it, but it didn’t.
Egg-eating snakes eat the whole egg, using needles on their spine to crack it open. Then, when the yolk and white has been sucked out, the shell of the egg is spat back out. Here is a YouTube video from Snake Discovery showing how they eat.
I have accidentally cracked a finch egg before, and as it was still fresh, my snake still ate it (albeit with a struggle) however the yolk was still in its shell and the shell was mostly intact.
3. Egg-eating snakes aren’t easy to handle.
People believe this because they are mostly wild-caught. While it at first can be difficult to handle any snake, most will warm up to you quickly.
I only bought my female a week ago, but she’s already calmed right down. At first she was hissing for a pastime, but now she’s all chilled out. You have to be prepared for it if you’re a beginner, however, because they are very wriggly at first no matter how used to handling they are. My lady is the most curious snake I’ve ever met, so she’d leap out of my hands if she could.
4. It’s easy to get their food/they all eat quail eggs.
Caring for them has been a smooth ride for me so far. They both tamed down within a week, they’re cheap, and they don’t require as much attention to humidity and such like ball pythons do. Adding to that, they don’t take up a lot of room.
However, my male can only eat finch eggs. Those are impossible to get, so guess who ended up having to take care of six noisy zebra finches? Adding to that, it was hard to get them to lay at first which was far too worrying.
To build onto my misfortune with the finch eggs, two of them became parents without my knowledge. So now there are two fewer finches available to feed Noodle!