Snake vs. Lizard vs. Turtle Eggs: A Detailed Comparison
Sometimes when you are cleaning your backyard, you might have come across a cluster of eggs under a log or board which looked suspicious.
They don’t look like chicken eggs! So what exactly are they? Are they lizard eggs or turtle eggs? Or do they belong to a more menacing reptile like a snake?
What should you do next?And the questions are unending.
Although this might take a while to understand, here is a start for you.
The below-mentioned information should be able to give you a gist about what exactly you can expect.
Snake Eggs vs. Lizard Eggs vs. Turtle Eggs
To begin with, the size of the eggs is generally related to the size of the animals. For example, smaller turtles/snakes lay smaller eggs.
However, in the case of snakes, the eggs are oval in shape and usually more rubbery in texture.
Many times it is difficult to distinguish a lizard’s eggs from those of the snakes’, but lizards’ eggs are usually smaller in size.
Also lizards are known to deposit their eggs by digging holes in secure, warm places.
However, in the case of turtles, the most significant distinction is that, unlike the snakes and lizards eggs, they mostly lay rounder eggs, sometimes their eggs are as round as a ping pong ball.
Also, turtles lay their eggs under the sand or other safe places under rocks; spots they could easily visit year after year.
Difference between Snake Eggs, Lizard Eggs, and Turtle Eggs
The distinctions mentioned above were quite brief.
Let’s dive in a little deeper now so that the next time you see a similar egg in your garden, you will know precisely what you are talking about.
Size of Eggs
The size of snakes’ eggs depends on the type of species of snake.
So basically, the eggs vary in sizes.
For example, a Rat snake’s egg is usually an inch long in size, whereas a Ball Python’s egg can be up to three inches long.
Also, as and when the baby grows inside the egg, the size of the egg increases too.
Just like the snakes, the sizes of lizards’ eggs vary from specie to specie.
For instance, smaller lizards like Crested Gecko lay eggs, which are about half an inch in length whereas bigger lizards like Argentine Black and White Tegu’s eggs are usually longer than an inch.
And even though a lizard’s egg looks very similar to a snake’s egg; the former is usually smaller in size than the latter.
A lizards’ egg can be as tiny asthe size of a jellybean candy.
As far as the size of the turtle eggs go, they are again dependent on the species of the turtle.
However, the size of the eggs can range from 1.6 inches to as long as 2.8 inches.
Color of Eggs
Most of the snake eggs tend to be white, of-white, or beige in color.
Their shell is usually soft and has a leathery texture.
Also, since snakes hide their eggs to keep them safe, their eggs don’t have any patterns on them, which are usually observed in bird eggs.
Just like the snakes, lizards’ eggs are also white and leathery.
They sometimes even appear to be a little off-white.
Turtle eggs, in the beginning, tend to possess a bluish-white hue.
However, within a day or two, the eggs of various turtle species tend to ‘chalk over,’ which means that the shell becomes a more chalky opaque white color.
This change in color happens as their outer shells harden over time.
Shape of Eggs
Snake eggs are scarcely circular in shape. They are usually elliptical (oblong) in nature.
Some eggs also look like long ginger roots or tubers (potatoes).
The eggs slowly become oval in shape as and when they come close to hatching.
Just like the snakes’ eggs, lizard eggs are also oblong in form.
Their small size and elongate shape make them look like tiny capsules.
Most of the turtle’s species have eggs that are round in shape.
They sometimes look like a ping pong ball.
However, there are a few species that sometimes lay elongated eggs, like the Painted turtle and the Eastern Box turtle, etc.
Hatching of Eggs
The snake eggs usually take up to 50-60 days to hatch.
The hatching depends on the temperature; the higher the temperature, the shorter is the incubation period.
However, if you plan to put these eggs in an artificial incubator, the incubation temperature needs to be around 80 degree Fahrenheit.
The eggs also need to be placed carefully in humid substrates such as paper towels or moist moss etc.
A few days before the eggs hatch, they look a little deflated.
Typically the lizards’ eggs take 4 to 8 weeks to hatch.
However, this depends on the type of species of the lizard and also external conditions like temperature and humidity, etc.
Despite everything else, all the lizards’ eggs need moisture, air, and heat.
Without these three things, the eggs can’t survive.
Lizard eggs exude through the pores in their shell.
It is in this way that they absorb moisture and breathe, so humidity is another crucial variable for them.
In the case of artificial incubation, the temperature requirements in the incubators can vary from 70 degrees for some species to as high as 92 degrees for desert-dwelling ones.
In the case of turtles, the incubation period lasts anywhere between 45-75 days depending upon the temperature and the species.
For artificial incubation, they need a humidity level of 80% and a temperature of around 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the temperature is higher, the turtle often produces all-female offsprings, and lower temperatures produce all-male broodings.
We have barely even touched the tip of an iceberg here.
Hence you need to do thorough research about the distinctions and specifications of these varieties of reptile species.
Alsoin case you do happen to spot an egg in your garden and you are still confused about its identity, you can always consult a professional wildlife expert or a local pest controller to get a more concrete idea about what exactly you are dealing with.