08 Feb '12, 1pm

Baby Milk Snake Hatches from its Egg!

Baby Milk Snake Hatches from its Egg!

These amazing images show a milk snake in the process of hatching, and demonstrate perfectly just how developed baby snakes are when they enter the world. Already miniature versions of their parents, snakes are the very definition of the phrase 'born ready'. Yet some snakes are born rather more ready than others. How snakes have their young is a fascinating subject, so let's enjoy this incredible sequence of images while we learn about baby snakes. The slithery little newborn pictured here is a milk snake (or milksnake) — a breed whose name derives from the myth about its ability to drink from a cow's udder. While there's sadly no truth to it (these serpents certainly don't have the ability to suck milk from a teat!), the name has stuck. While the amount varies from breed to breed, female milk snakes lay between three and twenty eggs. They mate in May to late June and lay ...

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