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Corn Snake

Elaphe guttata

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Corn snakes are popular pets as they are easy to handle and generally have a good temperament.

Corn Snakes earned their name from the pattern on their scales that closely resembles Maize.

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Natural Location: North America
Average Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Estimated Size: 4' to 6'

Feeding & Water

Adult Corn Snakes should be fed pre-killed rodents once every 10 - 14 days, while younger Corn Snakes should be fed weekly.

Like most snakes Corn Snakes will swim and bathe in their water dish so it is important that their water dish is large enough that they can be fully submerged. Because the Corn Snake likes to bathe in the dish it is important to change the water daily.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

A temperature gradient of 70 degrees F to 80 degrees F is recommended for your Corn Snake. It is important that the habitat is warm enough or your Corn Snake may have trouble digesting its food.

Lighting should be provided in cycles of 12 hours (ie: 12 hours on, 12 hours off). A consistent cycle like this will help reduce stress on your snake.

A relative humidity of 40% to 60% should be maintained at all times in the enclosure.



Corn Snakes are known to be excellent escape artists. So, keep this in mind when designing an enclosure for them. If you provide your Corn Snake with a branch or shelf to climb on it will do so as they are very good at climbing. Keep in mind though that your Corn Snake may also use that branch or shelf to assist in trying to escape. It can prop itself up against the branch and push up against the lid of the cage.

Like other snakes a hid box should be available for your Corn Snake to give it a place where it feels secure.

Cleaning should be done once per week. While cleaning the enslosure it will be necessary to remove the snake so that a thorough cleaning can be done.


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