If there were an award that we could give to the species of snake that is best suited for captivity, belief us corn snake would take the top honor.
Pantherophis guttatus one of the best reptile pets, and we can tell you exactly why!
The snake is a great one for beginners:
Whether you are a reptile enthusiast, a novice or an advanced reptile hobbyist, you can never go wrong with the corn snake because
- They are so aww so cute
- They are fantastic as captive pets
- It is so fun to maintain them,
- They are not fussy about anything
- And most of all, they tolerate human interaction like a pro!
If you are a reptile fanatic and have been mulling over the idea of having a snake for a friend, do check out to see if this is the one cut out for you. We have endeavored to chalk down everything that you need to know to help you decide if you are capable of taking care of a corn snake.
First, the price:
For the corn snake, the price can vary widely because of specific determinants like it’s
- Appearances and
- Genetic makeup
A male corn snake that is three to five months old or lesser can retail for up to $50. The female of the species is much dearer. These are the rates for the standard color and pattern corn snake. If you are looking for a variety of patterns and any color that is found in the color wheel, you may have to cough out a near four-digit number in dollars.
How does the corn snake get its name?
The corn-like pattern on its ventral area is one of the main reasons for naming it thus. It is not a coincidence that the snake is an inhabitant of maize fields where it hunts and feeds on rats and small birds.
There are a large number of morphs available. Any pattern and any color in the rainbow, and you will see that it is already there with the dealers.
How do corn snakes capture their prey?
Corn snakes are constrictors. They wrap their bodies around the prey and squeeze so tight that the animal falls unconscious. Once this happens, the snake begins to devour it. There is no fight back for fear of its food escaping.
There may be times when your pet snake can begin even to constrict you if you are handling it. Do not panic. Gently loosen its grip and put it back into its enclosure.
Can the corn snake harm you?
The corn snake is a non-venomous one, and no one has ever died from a corn snake bite. Like most other snakes, it has 2 semi-circular rows on teeth; one on the top and another one on the bottom. Besides, they also have a relatively straighter row of teeth on the roof of their mouth. They rarely bite, but even if they do, they are not severe. They can be likened to pinpricks.
Younger corn snakes can be a bit nippy primarily because they are not used to be handled by you. But once they settle down and get used to your touch and handling, they will not bite. You could wear gloves to prevent yourself from being a bit when you are handling them.
Did you know that Corn Snakes do not have eyelids, and you can never tell if the snake is sleeping or resting and preserving its energy! The snake is not particularly well-known for its activeness in the day. It spends most of the time hiding in the foliage or lounging on top of high branches.
If you see them exploring their enclosure or particularly active, you must presume that it is hungry.
The corn snake sheds its skin at regular intervals. There are a few reasons why they do this:
- The shedding is because of its commiserating growth
- It is an opportunity for it to replace its damaged scales
- It also repairs its wound by shedding off the upper skin
Shedding can go one from a minimum of one week to two weeks. The process can begin with the dulling of its color. Once that happens, the skin will begin very cloudy, and eyes will turn a deep shade of blue. This is because the snake’s body during shedding produces a lubricating fluid that helps in the shedding process.
What should you do if you find that your pet has retained a few portions of its old skin?
Take a shallow dish and soak the snake for about an hour. Gently rub the affected area and peel away the old skin.
You must feed them young rodents that are scented with lizards, birds, and frogs when they are juveniles. As they grow up, you can begin to feed them unscented mice too. They are the least fussy eater as they will even accept frozen-thawed food.
These snakes are best on rodent based diets. Commercially bought rodents are best because the risk of passing parasites is relatively low. They are available even online and are very cost-effective. It is best not to give your corn snakes a live diet as it can be injured.
Glass enclosures, as well as plastic enclosures, work well. While buying cabinets, always insist on side screen one for proper ventilation. Plastic cabinets are lighter; they also have a door on the front that helps in easy cleaning.
The size must be double the length of the snake. If the snake is 3 foot, then the enclosure should be at least 6 feet in perimeter.
The other things in the enclosure must include:
- A dish for water
- One box for hiding
- Some branches for climbing
- A digital thermometer to check and maintain ambient air temperature and humidity
- Heating lamp
- Thermostat if other heating device is installed.
Corn snakes are hardy snakes that can live up to 20 years. The mortality rate is high when they are juvenile, but older snakes can live a decent life. An adult will measure about 3 pounds and measure 3 to 5 feet.
These hardy snakes have a natural temperament and do not at all exhibit unusual behavior. This is why we highly recommend this one if snakes are for you!