Rhombic Egg Eater

© Tyrone Ping

Vital Statistics


Name
Rhombic Egg-Eater or Common Egg-Eater [Dasypeltis scabra]

Class
Reptilia

Order
Squamata

Family
Colubridae

Length_F
964 mm

Length_M
595 mm

Description

The Rhombic Egg-Eater is a slender, solid snake with a small, rounded head. The tail is short; males have shorter tails. The back is slate-grey, light brown or olive-brown, with a median series of dark, squarish blotches flanked by narrow dark bars. Mouth lining is black.

Distribution

The rhombic Egg-Eater is found throughout the subcontinent and elsewhere to to Sudan in the north and Gambia in the west.

Breeding

It lays 6 - 25 eggs in summer; these take 80 - 90 days to hatch.

Field Notes

The Rhombic Egg-Eater feeds solely on eggs with ridges in the mouth assisting in swallowing. The shell is regurgitated in one piece after the contents have passed through the stomach.
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