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Feb11-05, 11:15 AM
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I haven't run across any reports of the neonates eating the shells, but with certain live-bearing snake species, typically large constrictors, the mother will consume any dead young or unfertilized ova that are cast with the brood. This is presumed to be a means of energy compensation for her investment in the offspring, but it could also cut down on attraction of predators since some young snakes stay with the mother in the brooding den for some time after birth.