Black Rat Snake Eggs – Elaphe obsoleta

Well, well, well…guess what I found.

Today, I decided to venture outside into the wall of humidity to dig up and re-plant some rhododendrons. We had a few here and there that needed to make their way up the hill for a nice rhododendron line in the front. I think it will look very nice, come Spring.

Anyway, enough about that. Upon digging my second hole for the rhododendron, I discovered about four white oval things sitting approximately six inches beneath the dirt. I thought they were bird eggs. I left them there and went inside to tell Laura about my find. I knew she would get up and research what they were for me. She enjoys that kind of stuff.

I went back outside and took a few pictures of these things and then covered them back up. I had a feeling they weren’t bird eggs, but turtle eggs. I planted all the rhododendrons and then went back inside.

After I showed Laura all the sweat on my face, she revealed to me that I had just stumbled across Black Rat Snake Eggs. For photos of these creatures, click the link above. For photos of Black Rat Snake Eggs, look below…

Me holding a Black Rat Snake egg in my fingers.

Me holding a Black Rat Snake egg in my fingers.

Showing the size of the Black Rat Snake eggs compared to my hand.

Showing the size of the Black Rat Snake eggs compared to my hand.

Good thing I covered these eggs back up. I did have a strange feeling something was peering out from the woods…straight at me…

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  1. grannygrey says:

    I just dug up 4 black rate snake eggs this afternoon..and your picture helped me confirm what I found…around my shutoff valves for our irrigation system. Apparently one was just hatched, as it came flying out and into the grass when I was trying to uncover the valves! Mama laid the eggs inside the the hole where the solenoid for the system is!

    We do have a 6 footer which several of us share..which has a bad habit of ‘guarding our front doors’ making it a bit awkward for visitors!


  2. verygrumpyoldguy says:

    I doubt I could ID a snake species by eggs alone.

    Also, I thought they laid their eggs in hollow spots in trees, with enough decomposing vegetation around to keep the eggs warm (and moist?) Maybe that’s only true further north.

    To Donna: let your visitors know that it’s OK to hug the guard snake, and they should never be embarrassed to do so.

  3. admin says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention that we also have witnessed the Black Rat Snake on the property. That’s how we came to the conclusion of what type of eggs they were. Not sure where they lay their eggs, but this is the closest we could find.

  4. Carla says:

    A very old oak tree fell yesterday in our yard. The base was about 3 -4 ft. wide. In the center, close to the ground, I found 4 white oblong things (2″ long) that reminded me of snake eggs. I’ve never seen snake eggs in person so am only guessing. The “eggs” were completly embedded in the trunk. I was able to dislodge them because the tree had been rotting. All were empty except one. Are these eggs or seed pods? Any ideas? Location: Nashville, TN

  5. thad says:

    I think I found garden snake eggs but I’m not Shure could some one send me a pic?

  6. ashley chambers says:

    Hi I’m Ashley and I’m only 13 and I just found or my dog just found 4 rat snake eggs. She dug them up and brought them to me carefully so I told my step sister what do I do with them? And she said to go get a strong flashlight and shine it up through it and see if it has a red vein or veins so I did and I think only 3 had veins but I’m not quite sure. Thank goodness I had my old inky baiter and it still works. So they are in the inky baiter right now.

  7. mackenzie bria says:

    I found a black rat snake in my yard what do i do with it,enyone have an idea?


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