Snake OK after removal of ceramic egg

  • August 14, 2014

VERONA (AP) – Officials say a snake that swallowed a ceramic egg in a Western Pennsylvania chicken coop is recovering following surgery.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that veterinarian Robert Wagner removed the egg from the 5-foot black rat snake on Tuesday.

Wagner, chief of surgical veterinary services at the University of Pittsburgh, said the egg was “overwhelmingly large considering the size of the snake.”

Jill Argall, director of the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center in Verona, said the snake was “resting comfortably.”

The snake was brought to the center Monday after swallowing the ceramic egg, which was used in the Seward chicken coop to coax chickens to nest.

Officials said the reptile will be released back into the wild after a regimen of antibiotics.


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