Egg-eating snakes, belonging to the genus Dasypeltis in sub-Saharan Africa and Elachistodon westermaanni in northeastern India, are a fascinating group of reptiles. These non-venomous snakes are part of the Dasypeltinae subfamily within the Colubridae family.
One remarkable feature of these snakes is their incredibly expandable mouth, which allows them to consume bird eggs as large as a chicken’s egg. Their teeth are significantly reduced to accommodate this specialized diet.
Their neck vertebrae possess ventral spines that extend into the esophagus, enabling them to break the eggshell. Once the shell is crushed, the contents of the egg are squeezed out, and the remnants of the shell are regurgitated.
Egg-eating snakes are primarily arboreal, meaning they spend most of their ᴛι̇ɱe in trees. They reproduce through egg-laying, with each egg being deposited in a separate location. These snakes are slender in shape, measuring approximately 76 cm (30 inches) in length.