What Are These Tan Color Eggs I Found In My Garden?

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Was watering my raised deck garden & discovered what looked like a mass of ? tan colored eggs, when squished.. a pasty orange color...They were not there yesterday, are theses some kind of bug, snake, lizard. Scraped them up & discarded


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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Hi Jeanne-If you don't have a picture of these eggs answering a few questions may help to identify them. How large were they and were they round, oval, elongated, smooth, hard or soft shelled? How many would you say made up the mass? Were they on top of the soil, buried somewhat under any debri, or attached to a stem or leaf? Have you noticed any insects, lizzards, snakes, or other creatures around that may have made you mention them? Were the eggs easily separated as individuals or did they have a slim or hairy covering over or around the mass? The Gypsy moth caterpillar can be a real problem harming trees and landscape plants in many areas. This moth will normally lay their eggs this time of year on limbs, under leaves, wood decks, almost anywhere. Their eggs mass is tan in color and the mass will usually be 1 1/2 inch long by 3/4 inch wide. The eggs are covered with a coating of tiny hairs. The city and state you live in may also help to identify an insects eggs in your area.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Sounds like it might be lizard or skink eggs. As John mentioned a picture would be helpful for identification. If you see any more of these take a picture and upload them to this question using the Upload A Picture link to the right of your name where it appears in your question above. If it is lizards you might want to let the next batch hatch. Lizards are helpful to control insects in the garden. I have many Southern Fence Lizards and other types all over my landscape. They're harmless creatures.

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Answer #3 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · Thank you Brent & John for your answers, but I doubt I'll let them " hatch out" as these planters are on our deck, & raising
a cluster of snakes, or lizards is way, way out of my comfort zone.:))


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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
That I can understand. Let us know If you actually see or find what animal may be laying the eggs. Take care

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Answer #2 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · Oh happy day.. found a few more & will send a picture)


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Jeanne Morrison

Jeanne Morrison · Gardenality Stem · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Ta da .. that was the first time I have been able to send a picture... wonderful.. thanks for the upgrade!

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
From the looks of the picture it does look like it could be lizard eggs...or possibly snake eggs. Keep a close eye on them to see what comes out when they hatch and let us know. They look to small to be any kind of poisonous snake so I wouldn't worry about that.

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
From what I can find Brent I believe is right. Your eggs appear to be a variety of lizard. It is almost impossible to find the exact reptile that layed these eggs. Eggs of several lizard varieties compare closely to your pictures along with some varieties of smaller grass snakes. Most of the lizard eggs seem to be more irregular in shape than that of a snake. From what I have read I don't believe they are skink eggs. Skinks normally stay with their eggs to protect them from lizards and other animals that would eat them. As they are laying eggs this time of year you would probably see more of them around close. You might contact your local cooperative extension service. They most likely know or can find out specific varieties of small reptiles that thrive in your location. This may help to find which may have layed the eggs.

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Answer #1 · Jeanne Morrison's Answer · Thank you.. I could boot myself for not taking a picture..I sure will if I see them again.. They were tan, looked round & soft, laying in clusters( grape like ) of approx. 6/7 inches long ...Two ?piles .)


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If you see them again definitely get a picture for us. Got my curiosity up now:-)

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