By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

A BABY rat snake breaks free from its egg as it begins to explore its new surroundings

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Break out: The baby rat snake pokes its nose through the shell of the egg

The tiny reptile took roughly eight hours to fully emerge after breaking the shell with its head.

Bubbles form around the cracking egg as the tiny snake makes its exit

India-based snake enthusiast Avrajjal Ghosh incubated the egg after finding it on a construction site.

The 24-year-old electrical engineering graduate, who lives in Kolkata, rescues snakes for a living.

The baby reptile creates a window of opportunity as it tries to break free

He looked after the egg for three weeks before the baby snake finally emerged on Tuesday, October 22.

Avrajjal said: "I have been working with snakes like this for a few years now, and this is the first time something like this has happened in front of me.

The rat snake frees its head from the egg as its birth is nearly complete

"This is just amazing - to see a baby snake emerging from an egg."

Avrajjal found three rat snakes eggs on the construction site, and is still waiting for the other two to hatch.

The reptile is almost completely free and ready to explore its news environment

The reptiles are constrictors and predominantly live on birds and rodents.

For a long time they were thought to be completely non-venomous, but studies have found that some contain small quantities of venom.