Red Albino Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)
Are Corn Snakes the Best Choice for Beginners?
A corn snake is the perfect choice for a first time snake owner! Corn snakes are considered to be one of the easiest snakes to keep in captivity. They rarely bite as adults and are very easy to handle due to their docile nature.
What is the Ideal Temperature for Your Corn Snake's Enclosure?
It is recommended that the enclosure have a warm side maintained at a constant temperature of 80F to 84 F (27C to 29C). The enclosure should also have a slightly cooler unheated side. By offering a temperature gradient in the snake's enclosure, it enables your pet to regulate its body temperature.
What Do Corn Snakes Eat?
Orange Albino Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)
It would be difficult today to find an experienced keeper of captive reptiles who would fail to recognize that there is seldom a requirement for the feeding of live prey. Invariably most captive reptiles readily accept and thrive upon a diet consisting entirely of frozen/thawed food items.
To learn more about feeding frozen/thawed feeders to your snake please read: Feeding Frozen/Thawed Prey Items to Snakes in Captivity.
How Long Will It Take For A Corn Snake To Reach Maturity?
Adult corn snakes can range in length from 3.5 to 5 feet. When they hatch, neonate corn snakes will measure between 8 and 12 inches. It takes approximately three years for corn snakes to reach their adult length and sexual maturity.
Should I Hibernate My Corn Snake?
Okeetee Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)
Technically, reptiles go through a brumation cycle since they continue to drink water and they do not undergo a true hibernation. Corn snakes may be found roaming their cages while brumating. If you do not intend on breeding your corn snakes, we would recommend avoiding brumating your animals. If you're keeping corn snakes as pets and choose to brumate them, they should be kept in an area with reduced temperatures of 41 to 59 degrees F (5-15 degrees C) for approximately three months. During this time, make sure your snakes have plenty of fresh water and are not disturbed. After three months have passed, begin increasing the temperature of your snake’s enclosure over a two week period to 80F to 84F (27C to 29C). At this time, it is safe to resume offering food to your corn snake.