Scientific Name: Pantherophis guttatus
Native Habitat: Southeastern and Central United States
Lifespan: 15-20+ years
Size: 4-6 feet
Ease of handling: Manageable size, docile temperament, and quite hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Activity level: Active, mostly at night, dawn, and dusk
Adults should be kept in at 48”x24”x24”at minimum. Corn snakes enjoy climbing so a taller enclosure with climbing decorations can be beneficial.
Temperature: Warm end should be around 30°C. Cool end should be room temperature, around 20°C.
Lighting: Lighting can be provided to simulate a day/night cycle. UVB is not required, however UVA/UVB has been proven to improve the immune system, health, and wellness of all reptiles, including diurnal and crepuscular reptiles.
Humidity: 40-50%, increase if your snake develops shedding problems
Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber, aspen shavings, or cypress mulch
A large water dish should be provided for bathing.
2 hides are recommended, one at each end of the enclosure.
Corn snakes enjoy climbing on branches and logs.
A rough surface such as a large stone can help with shedding.
A frozen/thawed rodent, no larger than the width of the widest part of the snake's body, can be fed every 2 weeks. Always remove uneaten food and ensure your friend has clean water readily available.
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