Interesting periscoping behavior in captive Dasypeltis Gansi

My captive-bred 2 year old male African Egg-eating Snake (Dasypeltis Gansi) did this thing I haven’t seen him do before, nor heard of other snakes of this genus doing. It’s probably just something nobody thought much of, but I thought it was cool. He just shed, and it’s spring, so he’s been very hungry, coming out every night and searching for eggs. He ate a Conturnix quail egg last night (much faster than he usually does, he must be getting bigger! maybe even a female?) and proceeded to search for more eggs. Next feeding I’m planning on scattering 3 or 4 button quail eggs for him to forage for. But this time he decided to lift his head and neck through gaps in his canopy, and he looked around and flicked his tongue. I think he was searching for more eggs, but he hasn’t done it that way before, so I thought that was cool.


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Scents probably carry further above the vegetation.

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That makes sense!