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Care Sheet for Corn Snakes

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.60    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 08/18/2006

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Corn Snakes

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Your_only_nightmare

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Corn snakes

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

The only way to find out truly if your snakes is male or female, is by getting them probed, make sure this gets done by a professional vet

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

For bedding you can use almost anything NOT PINE OR CEDAR you can use newspaper or paper towel which are cheap but not very appealing. Aspen is your best bet, its cheap and it looks good.

you will need a bowl of water large enough to submerge their whole body into

Lighting and UVB:

Cornsnakes have no special lighting requirements, if you do use a bulb, make sure it has a guard on it so that your snake does not get burnt. you can use normal house bulbs in there home

Temperatures and Humidity:

The recommended temperature for cornsnakes are about 25C - 28C but they can range from 21C - 31C so donít worry if it gets low or high, but you donít want it to high because your snake will not like it, and it will be unhealthy to your snake.

corns normally would live in relatively humid conditions, about 40-50% humidity is good, you donít want it too high because it may cause scale rot.
when they are shedding though, you will want the humidity a bit higher for them to make it easier for them to shed.

Heating and Equipment:

For cornsnake heating, you will only need a heat mat, you will want this to be controlled by a thermostat because you will not want to burn your snake, you can also use normal house light bulbs which will add a lot of heat, and light up your snakes home.

Caging Provided:

Housing cornsnakes is quite simple. they donít need many requirements, they donít need special lighting like other reptiles do.

for hatchlings, a 10 gallon tank will be good enough, you donít want it to big because baby corns can get stressed in large environments.
10 gallons will last 6 months to a year, depending on how fast you little snake grows. once they grow out of this, you can house them in a 20 gallon tank for the rest of their life, bigger is better though!! I have mine in a size that 4 X 2 X 2.
cornsnakes are very good escape artists, so you will need to make sure that they cant slip through any gaps, if you have sliding glass doors you might want to invest in getting a cage lock ( they are smart and know how to open doors).

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

The general thumb rule is the food can be 1,5 the size of the thickest part of the snake.
when there hatchlings, they will eat pinkie mice, when they get bigger, you can move them onto eating 2 pinkies, after that, then fuzzies, and keep going up in sizes, they can also eat appropriate sized rats as well.
you want to use frozen thawed mice/rats, they are safer for your snakes, rodents can attack back, you should only result in live if it is a last resort, there are a number of ways getting your snake to eat. you can pretend the mouse is alive by making it warm and wiggling it about.
the best way to thaw mice out is putting them in hot water, not boiled because this will cook the mouse, which you donít want.!

DO NOT HOLD YOUR SNAKE FOR 48 HOURS AFTER FEEDING

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

They donít need any

Maintenance:

They are very easy snakes to keep, this is why they make good first time snakes, they are very friendly and will tolerate being handled.

all you have to do, is change there water every 1 -2 days spot clean every few days, and clean them out properly every months. every second month use disinfectant.
and constantly handle them so that they get used to you.

Some Words on this Species:

Corn snakes CAN live up to 20 years, before you get one make sure that you can take on the responsibility of looking after one for a long time!! once you have them, they make great pets, and you will not get bored of them, they are very entertaining, and once you have your cornsnake for long enough, you will notice that they get a personality.
these snakes grow between 3 -5 foot long, some are known to reach 6 as well. even thought they get this big, they are still great pets, out of all snakes they have some of the best temperaments, they rarely bite, and if they do, they only do it because they are truly worried.

otherwise they make the best first time snakes!!
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