I picked up this little Rhombic Egg-Eater from Barlinka Rd in Table View earlier today.

The residents heard their dog barking at something outside, and when they went to take a look they saw this little snake on the grass. Their neighbor captured it for them and put it in a bucket overnight, then called me this morning to come pick it up.

Although completely harmless, people often get a fright and kill Rhombic Egg-Eaters due to their defensive posturing – they coil their bodies and rub their keeled scales against each other to produce a loud hissing noise, then flatten their head and open their mouth whilst pretending to strike.

In reality they barely have any teeth, and they are completely harmless! You can see a video demonstrating this defensive posturing here.

Mainly nocturnal, Rhombic Egg-Eaters feed exclusively on birds’ eggs. They have sharp protrusions on the inside of their spine that they use to crack an egg open after they’ve swallowed it, then they spit the shell back out.

Oviparous, they lay 6-25 eggs in summer.

Find out more about this species here.