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North Carolina Man Videotapes Rat Snake Eating An Egg

A North Carolina man was shocked to find a black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta) attempting to consume an egg off his kitchen countertop, so much so

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A North Carolina man was shocked to find a black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta) attempting to consume an egg off his kitchen countertop, so much so that he filmed the snake as it tried to eat the egg. Robert Hildreth of Charlotte video taped the reptile May 31 and watched as the snake opened its jaw wide and consumed the egg. 


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They let the snake finish eating the egg and with much prodding with two brooms, was able to move it outdoors. They then posted the video to Facebook where it has been shared thousands of times. 

To answer a bunch of questions from Youtube viewers, the snake got into the house via hole in the laundry room. That hole has since been covered with a concrete block. The snake was removed with the help of two brooms. As soon as they got the bulk of the snake atop the broom bristles, they were able to get the snake to go out an open window. 

Rat snakes are found throughout much of the eastern United States to Texas and as far north as Wisconsin. In addition to eating rats, it does consume bird eggs, small mammals lizards, and even other snakes. They are popular in the pet hobby as well. 

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John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata