Mary Ellen's picture

What are these?

Observed: 20th June 2013 By: Mary Ellen
Compost heap 2
Compost heap 1

Sorry if this is a silly question and also if it's impossible to tell from the photos. This mass appeared on the top of my compost heap and I am wondering whether they are eggs? Maybe of a reptile? We have toads, slow worms and newts on our land.


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Masked Marvel's picture


They don't look like reptile or amphibian eggs. The amphibians all lay their eggs in water and slow worms don't lay eggs. I would guess some kind of fungus. Try moving the observation to the fungi category using the edit tab and someone might be able to ID it.

Alurophile's picture

Fungus or slime mould?

I tend to think fungus or slime mould, too. It would help if you could take a better photo; these are rather indistinct. Perhaps add something to show the scale, too.

If you have difficulty holding the camera still & don't have a tripod, try holding it on a chairback or something similar. The old trick is: elbows in, hold your breath & gently depress the button!