Are snake eggs like chicken eggs?
Well, you might have heard the rumor that snake eggs are being sold in Addis mingled with chicken egg. But, can any one doubt the difference between the two? If so, here is how to differentiate.

1. Snake eggs have a leathery shell rather than a hard shell.

Snake eggs have a leathery shell rather than a hard shell.

2. Snake eggs lack the air space at one end, which chicken eggs have

 Snake eggs lack the air space at one end, which chicken eggs have

3. The embryo in a snake egg forms at the top of the egg (whichever is the top when it is first laid), whereas bird embryos are suspended in the center of the egg by membranous strands called chalazae (singular chalaza).

The embryo in a snake egg forms at the top of the egg (whichever is the top when it is first laid), whereas bird embryos are suspended in the center of the egg by membranous strands called chalazae (singular chalaza).

The embryo in a snake egg forms at the top of the egg (whichever is the top when it is first laid), whereas bird embryos are suspended in the center of the egg by membranous strands called chalazae (singular chalaza). This difference is crucial, because chicken eggs need to be rotated throughout incubation and the chalazae make this possible. Snake eggs, on the other hand, can’t be rotated after they have started developing or they will likely die.

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