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Not to be confused with Sniffer Spawn Egg.

A sniffer egg is a block that can be brushed out of suspicious sand in warm ocean ruins, or obtained by breeding two sniffers. It slowly hatches into a snifflet (baby sniffer) when placed as a block in the world, which takes half as much time when it is placed on a moss block.



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 0.5
Breaking time (secs)
Default 0.75


Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Sniffer Egg Warm Ocean ruins Warm ruins suspicious sand 1 6.7%
Bedrock Edition
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 placed into the world in block form, sniffer eggs are dropped as items, 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.[2] 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 need to receive random ticks to hatch.[needs testing] Therefore, the hatching speed of sniffer eggs is not affected by the randomTickSpeed game rule.[3]

Piston interactivity[]

Sniffer eggs can be pushed and pulled by pistons.[4]



Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.01.1-1.2
BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.stone1.01.2-1.25
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.30.75
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.351.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sniffer plopsFriendly CreaturesWhen a sniffer egg is laid by a snifferblock.sniffer_egg.plopsubtitles.block.sniffer_egg.plop1.0varies[sound 1]16
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. Can be 0.18-0.42, 0.21-0.49, or 0.24-0.56

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesWhen a sniffer egg is laid by a sniffermob.sniffer.plop1.00.8-1.2
BlocksWhen a sniffer egg's hatch state progressesblock.sniffer_egg.crack0.850.8
BlocksWhen a sniffer egg hatchesblock.sniffer_egg.hatch0.850.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Sniffer Eggsniffer_eggBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.sniffer_egg

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Sniffer Eggsniffer_egg-596Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.sniffer_egg.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Determines how close an egg is to hatching; starts at 0 and is randomly incremented.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
cracked_stateNot Supportedno_cracksno_cracks
UnsupportedDetermines how close an egg is to hatching; starts at no cracks and is randomly incremented.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawSmells Interesting
Obtain a Sniffer Egg HusbandryHave a sniffer egg in your inventory.
This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it, regardless of if its child advancement(s), if any, have been completed.


Java Edition
1.2023w12aSniffer Egg JE1 Sniffer Egg Slightly Cracked Sniffer Egg Very Cracked Sniffer Egg (item) JE1 Added sniffer eggs.
23w17aThe player now gets the advancement "Smells interesting" when they obtain a sniffer egg.
Bedrock Edition
1.20.0beta Egg JE1 Sniffer Egg Slightly Cracked Sniffer Egg Very Cracked Sniffer Egg (item) JE1 Added sniffer eggs.
Currently, sniffer eggs can not be found from brushing suspicious sand in ocean ruins, making them not naturally obtainable in survival.


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


Official Artwork[]


  1. MC-261258 — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  2. MC-263505 — "Sniffers eggs don't require support and can float" — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  3. MC-261250 — resolved as "Invalid".
  4. MC-261168 — resolved as "Works As Intended".