Can you eat reptile eggs?

In this article, we are going to answer the question “can you eat reptile eggs?”. We will also discuss various types of reptile eggs.

Yes, you can eat reptile eggs as long as they are cooked properly. To be on the safe side, they should be boiled properly before consumption. Boiling can get rid of any unwanted compounds present in them.

There are various reptiles whose eggs you can safely consume without any complications, such as crocodiles, turtles, and snakes.

In fact, their consumption is common in various regions and cultures. Take the example of the Philippines, where a restaurant serves crocodile ice cream and it is considered a delicacy.  

There are no cases in which consumption of reptile eggs caused any health risks. Some of them are even quite more delicious than the regular eggs.

While the majority of the eggs can be eaten from different species, caution must be taken. A good rule for judging whether you can eat an egg of a creature or not is if that animal is poisonous to eat or not. If that animal is poisonous to eat, you should avoid its eggs too.

Can you eat snake eggs?

Yes, you can eat snake eggs. However, they need to be cooked properly.

If they are consumed raw, they may cause problems in your digestive system. Also, their taste might not be good enough for everyone; It is different from regular eggs and might taste a bit like fish.

While eating snake eggs, you should be cautious. They need to be fresh to be consumed, otherwise, they may have pieces of flesh inside that may be inappropriate to eat.

Snake eggs are full of nutrients, such as proteins and vitamins, and can be consumed in emergency situations or can be eaten if properly cooked.

Are snake eggs venomous?

No, snake eggs are not poisonous. Eggs of venomous snakes are not harmful either because the materials required for the venom may not have fully developed and are just a mixture of proteins that might get absorbed by your stomach. Therefore, the risk of getting poisoned from venomous snakes’ eggs is relatively low.

How to identify snake eggs?

Snake eggs are unusually oblong or oval-shaped, quite different from bird eggs. Depending on the species, some snake eggs might be long and thin, while some maybe just like regular eggs.

Their color is off white to light yellow and maybe brown. They are often clustered together because snakes lay them in large amounts.

Furthermore, snake eggs are much softer and different from bird eggs because they lack the hard shell that is found on most bird eggs. Their surface is not smooth, rather textured, and are soft to touch as if the liquid is filled inside them.

Can you eat lizard eggs?

Yes, you can also eat lizard eggs, they are small in size and tasty. They are similar to snake eggs in texture and are mostly laid in an area that is damp for a moisturized environment.

You can cook lizard eggs in a variety of ways but the best method is the traditional method. Fry them in a pan and when thoroughly cooked, you can eat them.

Can you eat turtle eggs?

Turtle eggs are soft-shelled and are eaten usually raw or cooked. They are better in taste than chicken eggs; however, some report a musky aftertaste.

Some countries have banned the sale and consumption of turtle eggs because of their endangered status.

What do reptile eggs feel like?

Most of the reptile eggs are soft in texture. Here is an experiment that you can do to better understand what a soft “real” reptile egg feels like.


  •  1 hard boiled egg
  •  1 ½ cups cider vinegar
  •  1 clear 500ml jar or cup (a mason jar works well)


 1. Boil your egg and remove the shell. Be sure to let it cool.

 2. Place your peeled egg in the clear jar, pour 1 ½ cups of cider vinegar over it, making sure to completely submerge the egg.

 3. Place the jar in the fridge for at least 2 days, a lid over the top of the container will contain the scent of vinegar.

 4. Remove the egg from the jar with a spoon and place it on a plate. It will have a brown residue on it and will resemble the texture of a reptile egg! 

Other FAQs about Eggs that you may be interested in.

Are Egg Shells Edible?


In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you eat reptile eggs?”. We also described different types of reptile eggs.


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