Monday, September 5, 2011
Fox snake eggs stick to each other when laid, so you see them here as they were laid.
Within minutes after I took this picture the snake emerged from the egg and sat on top of the eggs. The eggs are 2 1/2 inches long, and the snakes are 12 inches long. Hard to imagine how they fit into what seems a little egg.
The babies are totally on their own. The mother snake leaves the eggs after laying them and never sees them again. The baby snakes will turn the more traditional brown pattern color over the next few years.