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    Question Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    Do Ball Pythons eat eggs in the wild? :o






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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    No, I dont believe they do
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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    Though snakes can be opportunistic, I have not heard any account of a Ball Python (wild or captive) consuming eggs. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen, just means I haven't heard of it.

    Snakes that habitually eat eggs are typically highly specialized for just that.
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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    I think I saw something on TV about snakes eating eggs but I don't think it was a Python, better not risk it.

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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    Specialized egg-eating snakes will eat eggs, then regurgitate the shell. In other snakes, I think this might pose an impaction risk.
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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    I won't try that then. Thanks one and all.

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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoness View Post
    Specialized egg-eating snakes will eat eggs, then regurgitate the shell. In other snakes, I think this might pose an impaction risk.
    I agree that a snake has to be specialized in this. Even a king snake that eats other snakes has a special muscle that folds the eaten snake inside it's stomach. I would imagine an egg eater would have special muscles to crush the egg while most other snakes do not.
    Plus eggs do not maintain a certain temp when unattended and the mother whatever would surely give a good fight.
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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Og_ View Post
    I agree that a snake has to be specialized in this. Even a king snake that eats other snakes has a special muscle that folds the eaten snake inside it's stomach. I would imagine an egg eater would have special muscles to crush the egg while most other snakes do not.
    I saw a nifty video once (can't remember where) of an egg-eater eating an egg, they have not only extra muscles, but a protrusion on the spine that will help break the egg - it's very nifty to watch. I'll see if I can't find the video.
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    Re: Do Ball Pythons Eat Eggs?

    "Nifty", now I haven't heard that since, "Leave it to Beaver"!
    Maybe you should watch TV and listen to the radio after all!

    I'm just kidding! I'm the last to rely on popular lingo! I'm the nerds nerd! lol
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