What Kinds of Snakes Lay Eggs?

Some examples of oviparous snakes, or snakes that lay eggs, are king snakes, pine snakes, milk snakes and pythons. Oviparous snakes are typically found in warm climates where the higher temperatures assist in the incubation period. Viviparous snakes, or snakes that give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, usually live in colder climates and higher elevations.

Over 70 percent of snake species lay eggs, but not all stay with their young until they hatch. For example, the king cobra snake has a habit of constructing a nest for its eggs and it will stick around to defend them if necessary. However, the coral snake will abandon its eggs after laying them, leaving the babies to fend for themselves a few weeks later after they hatch.