How Long Do Corn Snakes Live in Captivity?

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I have this friend of mine who does unusual things in life..!! One of his fantasies goes this way…every time he sees a snake outside, he takes it home and starts living with them profoundly.

Interesting, right? Later, as I discussed his experiences of having snake pets, I realized that it isn’t unusual but fun..!! Corn Snakes are just the best of its kind.

When you start living with them, you will feel snakes are better companions than human beings..!! Do you know Corn Snakes live longer and healthier in captivity? Let us go exploring more right away.

Who are the Corn Snakes?

Corn Snakes scientifically called Pantherophis Guttatus has its origin in the Southeastern and Central United States. They are popularly captive-bred and make up for enjoyable pets. They are found in orange and dark red color and no way close to the color of corn. Then where does the name Corn Snake come from? 

These corn snakes are pretty much naughty and keep chasing rodents for their meals..!! Rats and rodents revolve around corn or mild grain silos for their food. Corn snakes target them, follow them secretly, and go eating rodents with no regret. So, corn snakes stay close to corn silos or cornfields and hence the name..!! Sometimes it is also said they are referred to as corn snakes because of the markings on their body that are maize like..!!

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Interesting facts about Corn Snakes

  1. They are non aggressive and obedient. However, they make burrows all over the garden and use it to hide and escape often. Impish, right? But, guys, it is fun watching them play around like this. If you want to find corn snakes in the wild, go watch out for burrows, underneath loose barks, old logs, and other similar places. Their favorite spot is, however, the burrow all time..!!
  2. Corn snakes are carnivores’ animals that feed, especially on rodents. They do eat amphibians like frogs. Their sense of smell paves the way to food..!! Their favorite recipe is the white-footed mouse. They tightly squeeze the prey, suffocate, and kill to eat as they go wild. At home, pet corn snakes are fed captive-bred and pre-killed mice. 
  3. Like any other pets, you cannot cuddle with corn snakes. Ball pythons and corn snakes are well-accepted pets for enthusiasts. However, both of them never like getting touched. Corn snakes never bite you, but that does not give you the liberty to handle it strictly…!! They develop tolerance to human touch but generally do not prefer. Grab it slowly with one hand, Place your one hand just below the neck and the other at the tail for their support. Had you let it fall, you can see your corn getting defensive..!!
  4. They can grow up to a length of 6 feet. And, male corns are 1 – 1.5 feet shorter than females..!! They often look similar to Copperhead snakes that are venomous and highly dangerous. Distinguish them with markings on them. Corn Snakes have blotchy markings, and Copperheads have hourglass markings..!!
  5. Corns help humans by getting rid of rodents. Rodents cause plenty of issues at our workplaces, be it farms, factories, or at home. They are bound to bring in varied diseases. Cats are always a good option to tackle; however, corn snakes can better handle it for you..!!
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Life Expectancy 

Corn snakes live up to 6 – 8 years in wild habitats. As pets, on average, they live for 15 years. There are also records to say that they lived for 20 years. What makes captive-bred corn snakes live long?

  • Living environment – Corn Snakes better grows in aquariums but with shallow water, though..!! This is to allow it to stay soaked and drink as well. However, we must ensure the water remains warm throughout. As they always like staying hidden, it is great if you could put some small branches and leaves in their living area.
  • Food – Corn snakes like eating mice. They do not eat every day but once in two weeks or so.
  • Healthy atmosphere – They are prone to infectious diseases. So, it is always important to keep their living atmosphere clean and tidy with adequate maintenance as and when required.

As these features are well supported at home, the corn snakes generally live long when captive-bred..!!


There are many patterns with amazing colors that bring in very common corn morphs. 

  1. Albino – This corn snake is also called as Amelanistic and one of the most beautiful among these species. They have striking color patterns, red eyes, dark red spots on an orange background. It has a white belly as well. They can live up to 24 years in captivity. 
  2. Snow Corn Snake – This is a wonderful variety that has a pale pink and whitish texture all around the body. They are slightly heavier but grow the same length as a normal corn snake. They have a life span of 15 – 20 years.
  3. Lavender corn snakes – They slightly vary from the snow corn as it has purple marks on a pinkish body. They also have dark purple eyes that are very powerful.
  4. Okeetee Corn Snake – They are considered bases morphs as they are prevalent in the wild. They are bright orange and have bright red saddle markings with thick black outlines. Their average life span is 15 – 20 years. In some cases, they have lived till 30 years..!!
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Whatever be the corn snake morph, in captivity, they are expected to live healthy, strong, and long..!! 

We have seen loads of facts about the CORN SNAKES. Every new fact was interesting. It is just going to be fun when you start growing them at home. It is a common thought process that snakes are dangerous and poisonous. However, corn snakes made us feel that even snakes can be prettier, naughtier, and friendlier too..!! Get your corn snake and start enjoying so the so-called dangerous pets..!!