Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Discover what reptile eggs feel like!

The world is full of reptiles! In North Carolina, turtles, lizards, snakes and alligators call our state home. Reptiles are really cool and play an important role in their ecosystems. There are many things about reptiles that make them interesting, like the way they reproduce. There are some reptile species who give birth to their young, but primarily reptiles are known to lay eggs. Most reptiles’ eggs have a soft, leathery feel to them, but occasionally the minerals in the eggs can make the shell hard like and bird eggshell. To understand better what a soft reptile egg feels like, complete the following experiment and experience what a “real” reptile feels like in your own hands!  

1 hardboiled 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!