Found Eggs: Snake?

mommy2nkMay 18, 2012

I was working in my soon to be raised bed garden transfering soil into the box. I found a bunch of eggs, I have no idea how many there are but I pulled out a few. I am concerned that they might be snake eggs and I don't know what I should do now. Please let me know if you have seen these type of eggs in your garden or if you have any idea what I should do next. I really don't want to happen upon an unhappy snake..

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    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 2:01PM
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They look a lot like lizard eggs I've found, but I'm really not anywhere near an expert... For that matter, my lizard eggs could actually be snake eggs, but I found them in an area (my garage) which I happen to know has a huge lizard population...

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 3:33PM
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You should re-bury them in conditions similar to where you found them. If you are concerned that they aren't something you want in your yard, take them to a park or natural area and bury them there.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 4:25PM
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Richard (chuggerguy)

I found something that looked a lot like that in the soil in a hanging basket on my back porch. Not really knowing what it was I scooped it up to take outside and as I was transporting it, it sorta burst open and out raced a tiny baby lizard. It was really kinda neat. :)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 4:34PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Agree with the lizard eggs guesses. Common in my garden.

But even if they are snakes the odds are they are beneficial snakes such as common garter snakes.


Here is a link that might be useful: How to ID snake eggs

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 5:19PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Looks a lot like snake eggs I've seen....but you won't know until you either open one up or enclose them in something (with the soil) so that you can see what hatches out of them.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 5:20PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I really think they are lizard eggs. I just found a bunch when I repotted a plant. I just put them back into a pot that was in the same area and covered them with a little sand. I think that snake eggs would be alot bigger.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 8:39PM
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Definitely reptile eggs of some sort, won't really know till they hatch. Real point though is that they will be beneficial whatever they are. If they're snakes, they'll eat rodents that would eat your crops. If they're lizards, they'll eat the bugs and beetles that would eat your crops.

Either way, put 'em back out like you found 'em and let them be.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 2:33PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Break one open and see what is inside.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 3:09PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Oh, geez! Please don't crack one! You will kill it. Put it in a jar with a lid with holes punched in it.Check it daily to see what hatches. No sense in killing a lizard that will eat lots of bad bugs. Or a snake really. We have black snakes here. They do scare me momentarily and I scare them, but they eat bad snakes and mice and rats. Well worth a few seconds of fear.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 5:37PM
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I agree with the others, they look like lizard eggs. My family has horses and we used to find this kind of egg all the time in the manure piles. They like to lay their eggs in compost piles and manure piles because of the heat they generate while the vegetation and other materials are decomposing.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 4:02PM
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queenb(z8b East TX)

Agreed, lizard or gecko eggs. Put them back, or in a similar place. They need moist soil or they will dry out and die.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 5:18PM
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harveyhorses(7 Midlothian Va)

OMG I am the worlds biggest coward. Could be either. I would take them far away and let them do whatever. BUT my tale of horror might excuse me. We had horses, and a manure pile, getting ready for an eventual garden area, my husband was plowing and I was shoveling the pile into the bed of the truck. I came up with a pitchfork FULL of baby copperheads. about 9 of them. I am usually pretty good with snakes, but that was over the top. My first rational thought was "I should probably stop screaming". I could be lizard, could be black snake... or a basalisk.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:24PM
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Harvey, I believe screaming and running like a madman are perfectly reasonable responses to coming up with a pitchfork of the most deadly critters on the continent.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 9:30PM
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I think it's lucky that you so readily recognized them.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 9:43PM
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harveyhorses(7 Midlothian Va)

We were on the lookout for them because two of our horses had been bit on the nose, we nearly lost the mini, but she was tough. UGH. I hope the eggs are lizards. (and I would not drive the truck for about a month. kept thinking what I might see in the mirror) The farm we bought had been abandoned for 3 or 4 years, so everything had moved in.
I still like the harmless varieties. We have a black racer here that is REALLY cool

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:01PM
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