Scientific identify: Dasypeltis scabra
What does it appear to be? The egg-consuming snake is a skinny-bodied species that may attain a measurement of round 75 cm. They vary in coloration from grey to brown. Along there again they’ve darkish chevrons and or squares/blotches.
Where does it stay?Thissnake is a local to Southern Africa. It is present in quite a lot of habitats, however doesn’t frequent deserts or forest areas the place the cover is totally closed. It is commonly encountered in areas of thorny scrub with rocky outcrops off ering quite a few crevices for shelter.
The phrase snake conjures up photos of animals that subdue energetic prey with crushing coils or lethal venom, however nature by no means misses a chance and there may be even a snake that feeds completely on eggs. The widespread egg-consuming snake, with its slight, fl exible physique can simply negotiate the skinny limbs and smaller branches of bushes within the hunt for hen’s eggs. Its fl ickering tongue attracts air into its mouth and into contact with the Jacobson’s organ. This small organ features like a nostril, selecting up the delicate trace of egg odors which may be carried within the air. As quickly because it picks up the scent it would make straight for the supply. The egg-eater just isn’t a big snake, so if it possibilities upon a nest containing some huge eggs it would have to proceed its search. As quickly because it finds a clutch of suitably sized eggs the snake will sniff each rigorously. Even from this preliminary investigation, the small serpent can assess whether or not the egg is wholesome or rotten and how developed it’s. Obviously, a rotten egg is out of the query and an egg with a welldeveloped chick inside could be too tough to eat. What it actually needs is a wholesome egg with a small embryo and loads of runny yolk and albumin. When it has recognized similar to an egg, it coils its lengthy, skinny physique round it to maintain it in place and proceeds to work its elastic head and jaws across the encapsulated meal. The bones forming the cranium and the decrease jaw of the snake are held collectively very loosely enabling the animal to get its gums round objects which can be far wider than its head. With meticulous care the snake edges the egg into its mouth. Exerting an excessive amount of power and breaking the egg at this level could be most unlucky because the nutritious fl uids would ebb away. As quickly because the egg has been edged down into the throat the mouth might be realigned and closed. With its mouth closed and the egg midway down its throat, the snake seems to be prefer it has swallowed a ball and to the human bystander the entire course of seems to be fairly painful. The muscle groups of the snake and peristaltic waves in its throat power the egg additional alongside till it comes into contact with some specifically tailored vertebrae. On their inside floor these bones bear a rasping, noticed like edge and after being repeatedly brushed towards them the egg cracks and its contents slide into the snake’s stomach. Using its muscular throat the snake squeezes the shattered egg to fully empty it of its contents. The remnants are compacted right into a small, elongate pellet, which is duly regurgitated.