Definition of egg-eating snake in English:

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egg-eating snake

(also egg-eater)


An Old World snake that swallows birds' eggs. It has weak teeth, and breaks shells with sawlike projections inside the gullet.
  • Subfamily Dasypeltinae, family Colubridae: genus Dasypeltis (of Africa, in particular the widespread D. scabra), and Elachistodon westermanni (of India).
Example sentences
  • But no egg-eaters could eat all of the dinosaurs' eggs; they would eat themselves into extinction if they did (they would have no more food).
  • Predators were rarely sighted, but in one case, a common egg-eater snake was found in a nest, feeding on the eggs.
  • A fully grown Egg Eater grows to a size of 60-76cm (24-30 inches) in length.

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Syllabification: egg-eat·ing snake

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