Corn Snakes

 

  • About: Corn Snakes are a nonvenomous North American species of rat snakes and are mainly found in the southeastern and central United States. They get their name for the distinctive, nearly-checkered pattern of the snake's belly scales which resembles kernels of corn. These snakes have a very docile nature about them and are great as a beginner snake for enthusiasts of all ages. Like the Ball Pythons, Corn Snakes come in a wide variety of beautiful color mutations. In the wild, they usually live around 6–8 years, but in captivity can live to be up to 23 years or longer!

 

  • Habitat: Corn snakes prefer average warm temperatures between 80-82 degrees in their enclosures, with a hot spot of 86-90 degrees. Space requirements are low since a medium-sized vivarium provides enough room for a full grown corn snake. Corn snakes enjoy hiding and burrowing, so give them a hide box or a loose substrate like Aspen bedding that they can hide under.

 

  • Well Being: Corn Snakes like a diet of domestic rats and mice, either live, killed, or frozen-thawed. They typically should be fed once-twice a week for a healthy diet and to increase the weight and length of the snake. Keep in mind that sometimes your snake will not eat when they are in shed; this is perfectly normal. Make sure to always have fresh water for them at all times in their enclosures!

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