If you are thinking that keeping one of our young corn snakes is going to be very difficult or dangerous read on for our Snake care sheet and you will see it couldn’t be easier.
Common Name: Corn Snake
Scientific Name: Elaphe guttata guttata
Corns snakes are a slender smallish snake (4-6 feet long) and come in a range of different colour and pattern morphs. Given good care they will live an average of 10-15 years.
Handling your snake.
Corn Snakes are an active snake and are very easy to handle.
Leave your snake for around 3-5 days after taking it home to allow it to become familiar with it’s new environment. You can then handle your snake for around 10 minutes at a time to allow it to become familiar with you. If a snake is acting skittish or is in shed leave alone and try again on another day. If your snake is in a hide when you want to handle it, remove the hide and leave it for a minute to become aware of you before handling it.
Always wash your hands before and after you handle your snake and do not handle it for a day or two after feeding.
Record keeping is an important factor in maintaining your snakes health. Keep a log of when it sheds, when it feeds and the type and size of the food item. Weigh your snake every month to be sure it is keeping a healthy condition.
Corn Snakes feed on frozen thawed mice appropriate to the size of their mouth.
A food item should be approximately one and a half times the size of the corn snakes head.
Young Corn Snakes start on pinky mice, one every 5-6 days whereas an adult snake will take a medium to large mouse every 7-10 days.
Do not feed your snake with live mice even a small mouse can injure your snake.
Corn snakes shed their outer layer of skin throughout their lives. A young snake may shed every week or two whereas an adult snake may only shed every couple of months.
You will see your snakes colour begin to dull or “blue” particularly in their eyes. Your snake might not want to feed at this time but it is nothing to be concerned about.
Corn Snakes do not need huge enclosures. An adult will be happy in a 3 foot long vivarium.
Make sure your vivarium has a wedge or lock on the sliding doors. Snakes are very strong and can push a loose glass from a vivarium.
Substrates that are suitable include Fangs&Fins snake bedding or Aspen Shavings. Check your snakes enclosure every day and spot clean any defecate.
Once a month remove all the substrate and wipe down using a reptile safe disinfectant.
All Corn Snakes need a water dish. Remove any spilt substrate or defecate from the bowl immediately to avoid polluting the water.
Corn Snakes are exothermic and heat can be provided with a heat mat connected to a thermostat.
Heat mats should only cover around a third of the floor space to allow your snake to thermo-regulate.
Your snake will want somewhere to hide. Any hide should be just large enough for your Corn Snake to curl up in. It is best to provide one hide at the warm end and one at the cool end to allow the snake to regulate it’s temperature.
You can use any reptile safe décor, wood, stones, cork etc to make your snakes enclosure as interesting as possible.
It is recommended that you provide your snake with a natural light cycle. You can use a guarded led or compact florescent bulb. There is also strong evidence that using a 5%UVB light will benefit your snake.
Enjoy your new pet!
That’s the most important bit.