Tonight we discovered, in addition to the expected freshly shed skin, a total of five infertile eggs in the Aesculapian Snake’s cage. This was a bit of a surprise: we knew that she was a she, but it’s the first time she’s pulled this stunt since I bought her in the summer of 2002. Snakes can and do lay infertile eggs without having mated (albeit infrequently, at least in my experience). Even so, March is an odd month of the year to be doing it. She’s no worse the wear for it: from what we can tell, she’s passed all the eggs and there’s no risk of egg-binding. Not alarming, just interesting.