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Sniffer Egg

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Not to be confused with Sniffer Spawn Egg.

A sniffer egg is a block that can hatch into a snifflet.



Sniffer eggs can be mined with any tool, even with bare hands, and always drop themselves. Unlike turtle eggs, Silk Touch is not needed.[1]

Block Sniffer Egg
Hardness ?
Breaking time (secs)
Default ?

Chest loot

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition 1.20[upcoming]
Sniffer Egg Warm Ocean ruins Warm ruins suspicious sand 1 6.7%

Mob loot

Sniffer eggs can also be obtained by breeding two sniffers with torchflower seeds. Unlike turtle eggs or frogspawn which are laid in block form, sniffer eggs are laid in item form, similar to chicken eggs.



Sniffer eggs can be placed in block form and slowly hatch into snifflets.

Sniffer eggs do not require a supporting block below. Unlike dragon eggs, they are not affected by gravity.


Sniffer eggs crack over time and hatch after cracking twice. They hatch faster when on moss blocks. Sniffer eggs hatch in about 10 minutes on moss blocks, and take twice as long to hatch on non-moss blocks.

Sniffer eggs do not progress toward hatching if no players are within 128 blocks of horizontal distance of the egg. This is due to the egg's chunk not receiving random ticks. However, the hatching speed of sniffer eggs is not affected by the randomTickSpeed game rule.[2]

Piston interactivity

Sniffer eggs can be pushed and pulled by pistons; this is intended.[3]



SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.metal.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.01.216
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.metal.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.01.216
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.metal.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.7516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.metal.fallNone[sound 1]0.51.2516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.metal.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.516
  1. a b MC-177082


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Chicken plops [sound 1]Friendly CreaturesWhen a sniffer egg is laid by a sniffer ‌[upcoming: JE 1.20]entity.chicken.egg[sound 1]subtitles.entity.chicken.egg[sound 1]1.00.3-0.716
Sniffer Egg cracksBlocksWhen a sniffer egg's hatch state progressesblock.sniffer.egg_cracksubtitles.block.sniffer.egg_crack0.70.72-0.8816
Sniffer Egg hatchesBlocksWhen a sniffer egg hatchesblock.sniffer.egg_hatchsubtitles.block.sniffer.egg_hatch0.70.72-0.8816
  1. a b c The sniffer reuses the chicken's sound event in this case, resulting in this unintuitive subtitle; see MC-98316


Upcoming Java Edition
1.2023w12aSniffer Egg JE1.png Sniffer Egg Slightly Cracked.png Sniffer Egg Very Cracked.png Sniffer Egg (item) JE1.png Added sniffer eggs.


Issues relating to "Sniffer Egg" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.



  1. MC-261258 — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  2. MC-261250 — resolved as "Invalid".
  3. MC-261168 — resolved as "Works As Intended".