Corn snakes are a fan favorite for most reptile enthusiasts. They are considered to be a very docile snake and there is an endless combination of color phases and patterns available for keepers to enjoy. Regardless if you own a corn snake or hope to own one in the future, the following Q & A could answer your questions about keeping corn snakes as pets.

Q: Are corn snakes considered a good choice for a first time snake owner?
A: Corn snakes are the perfect beginner snake! Corn snakes are considered to be one of the easiest snakes to keep in captivity. They rarely bite as adults and they are very easy to handle due to their docile nature.

Q: What should the temperatures be in my corn snake enclosure?
A: It is recommended to have a warm side in the enclosure that maintains a constant temperature of 80F to 84 F (27C to 29C). You should also have a slightly cooler side that is left at room temperature.

Albino Corn Snake
Red Albino Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Q: What do corn snakes eat? Is it better to feed your corn snake a frozen/thawed food item or a live food item?
A: Most corn snakes in captivity will easily accept a frozen/thawed mouse. Any herpetologists will tell you that snakes in captivity are not in a natural state, so it can be said that feeding your snake a live prey item in captivity can be considered unnatural as well. Snakes in captivity have all of their husbandry needs met therefore captive snakes have no reason to hunt for their food. To learn more about the benefits of feeding frozen/thawed prey items you should read: Feeding Frozen Thawed Food vs. Live Prey to Captive Reptiles.

Q: How Long will it take for my corn snake to grow to adult size?
A: Adult corn snakes can range in length from 3.5 to 5 feet. When they first hatch out, 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.

Creamsicle Corn Snake
Orange Albino Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Q: How Long will it take for my corn snake to grow to adult size?
A: Adult corn snakes can range in length from 3.5 to 5 feet. When they first hatch out, 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.

Q: Should I hibernate my Corn Snake?
A: Technically, reptiles go through a brumation cycle since they continue to drink water and they do not undergo a true sleep. Corn snakes in brumation are still active and may be found roaming their cages. If you do not intend on breeding your corn snakes we would recommend avoiding brumating your animals. If you choose to brumate your corn snakes, 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 has 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 feeding your corn snakes.

Normal Corn Snake
Okeetee Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Q: What should I feed my corn snake?
A: Cornsnakes are commonly fed frozen/thawed mice in captivity. A baby corn snake will usually eat an extra-small pinky mouse and most adult corn snakes can eat an extra-large mouse. Of course, the size of the meal will depend on the size of the snake. To learn more about feeding frozen/thawed rodents to your snake please read: Feeding Frozen/Thawed Prey Items to Snakes in Captivity.

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