Caring for corn snakes
Corn snakes (Elaphe Guttata Guttata) have earned themselves a good reputation and popularity among reptile keepers as the ideal beginner snake. They are nearly always docile and easily handled. They originate from the fields, forests and woodlands of America. Their adult size is anywhere between 4 to 6 feet and they can live for up to 20 years
As snakes do not like to be out in open spaces, a small starter vivarium should be 12 x 6” for a baby or juvenile corn. Hiding places should be provided so they can feel secure and hide away. A single adult can be housed in a 36 x 18 x 18” vivarium.
You can use nearly any substrates that are safe for reptiles with corn snakes. Aspen, Desert snow, Coco husk and forest floor are all ideal.
Heat and Light
Corn snakes need 24 hour heat. All reptiles need a cool end and a hot end of the vivarium as they are cold blooded and need to thermo regulate their body temperatures. They do this by moving to the hot end to warm up and the cool end to cool down. If they cannot do this, they will become stressed which will lead to health problems.
To reach the desired temperature a heat source should be placed at the hot end. This needs to be attached to a thermostat which will stop it from heating the cage too much and will turn off to cool the cage down. An infra red, ceramic heater or heat mat should be used for night time heating; normal heat bulbs can be used for daytime heating.
The vivarium needs to be heated to 72 – 82°F (22 – 28°C) on the cool end with a basking temperature of 83 – 90°F (28 – 32°C).
Food and Water
As corn snakes are purely carnivores they need to fed rodents of the appropriate size. These can be bought frozen from our store Small baby mice are called Pinkie mice. Your snake will eat these for the first few months of its life, they will then move onto Fuzzy mice, small mice, medium mice, large mice and eventually jumbo mice or even weaner rats. Your corn should be fed once a week when young, and once every two weeks when adult. We can also supply feeding tongues to make feeding time a little easier.
Corn snakes are a little nippy when they are at the hatchling stage but otherwise they are generally docile and easy to tame and handle. They are very inquisitive and enjoy exploring their environment enjoying moderate human contact. Handling these little fellas will actually make them tame so human contact is important and once they are tame they rarely if ever bite making them a fab choice of snake for children as well as beginners.
Corn snakes come in a variety of colours and patterns called morphs which makes them even more interesting but rarer colour morphs can often be more expensive and difficult to get hold of. As a general rule you should expect to pay £30 to £50 for a hatchling, adult specimens are not that easy to come by as most people enjoy bonding with the snake form an early age and watching the snake grow.
Here at Shirley Aquatics, we have recently hatched 15 New baby Corn Snakes.
If you would like to purchase one, we are including them in a great deal. For just £100, you would get a Faunarium, Heatmat, Mat-Stat, Substrate, 2 Hides, a Waterbowl, and most importantly of all, your very own baby corn snake!
The equipment with this deal would be suitable for the snake for 12-18 months, before it outgrows it!
If you would like to purchase a hatchling, pop instore, and place a deposit! They'll be ready to leave as soon as they're strong enough at 6-8 Weeks old!