Do Snake Eggs Posses Poison?


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Snake eggs possess the same things that chicken eggs possess-yolk, albumen(the "white"), and water, although the yolk of a reptile egg is larger in proportion to the overall egg size than a bird egg's yolk.  You can eat snake or other reptile eggs just as you would a chicken egg, if it's big enough to bother with.  The main difference is that the shells of snake eggs aren't hard and brittle like those of a bird, but leathery and flexible, since snakes do not sit on their eggs to hatch them so there's no need for a rigid shell to support the weight of a brooding parent.
Snakes themselves do not contain poison; there is absolutely NO SUCH THING as a "poisonous" snake, although that term is often incorrectly used to describe VENOMOUS snakes.  A poison is a toxic substance which must be ingested or inhaled for it to cause harm.  Examples of poisons are strychnine, chlorine, lead, and ammonia.  Some snakes, a small minority of species compared to the overall number of species that exist, produce VENOM, which is secreted by specialized glands that are actually modified saliva glands, and must be injected directly into the bloodstream to cause harm.  A snake's venom glands become functional shortly before it hatches, but the venom is ONLY FOUND IN THE GLANDS, and it is NOT poisonous, which means that ingestion of this substance is not harmful.  Most snake species are not venomous, though, at any point, and unless you eat a rotten egg or one that has spoiled, and contains bacteria that ARE poisonous, eating snakes eggs that do not contain embryos yet is no different than eating chicken eggs.

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