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Cornsnake

Scientific Name: Pantherophis guttatus
guttatus
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Size: Up to 4 feet
Diet:Carnivore
Handling Ease:Excellent

FOOD

  • A cornsnake’s diet should consist of a whole food item (feeder rodent), fed weekly.
  • The size of the whole food item should not be bigger in circumference than the circumference of the snake.
  • If using frozen feeders, it is important to thaw the feeder completely, using warm water (not hot), never microwaving (causes hot spots). Tongs may be used to entice the snake to strike.
  • When feeding larger live whole food items (small rats or larger), the feeder should not be left in the cage if the snake does not eat it within 15-20 minutes. Feeder rodents can severely injure and even kill a snake by chewing on them.
  • It is not necessary to feed the snake in a separate enclosure, but will not harm anything if you choose to do so.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 10" long tank with screen cover OR a small reptile glass habitat.
  • Reptile Bark substrate
  • 50w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 83°- 88°)
  • Hide cave
  • Branch or climbing platform
  • Large Water bowl (large enough to soak in)
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • Cornsnakes should be misted at least twice weekly, but daily while shedding.

Behavior/Handling

  • Cornsnakes are the most popular pet snake in the world.
  • They are a little more squirmy than ball pythons, but they are just as friendly.
  • Growing to lengths up to 4 feet, cornsnakes come in a wide variety of color morphs and locales (patterns/colors that are specific to a certain geographic area).
  • They get their name from their belly scales that are colored similar to Indian Corn (maize).
  • The cornsnake is quite affordable and makes a great pet for beginners.
  • Some hobbyists will refer to the cornsnake as a red ratsnake.
  • It is recommended to house snakes individually, but if not, they need to be separated for feeding.
  • Important: do not handle snakes immediately after feeding. It is best to give them 24-48 hours to completely digest their meal before handling.