There are so many breeds of snakes on the market. However, corn snakes are thought to be some of the easiest to care for and great reptiles for beginners. Here’s everything you need to know about having a corn snake as a pet.
Housing your corn snake
When looking for a house for your corn snake, you need to make sure it’s one with four walls and a robust lid as fully-grown corn snakes can climb pretty high and can even push lids off with their nose. An average rule of thumb is to invest in a tank of vivarium that’s one-third of their total length. So if you have a six-foot corn snake, then a two-foot-long tank should be plenty.
Feeding your corn snake
Like most other snakes, corn snakes eat mice and sometimes rats if they grow large enough. Young snakes can be fed a couple of times a week, but that’s reduced to once a week or every ten days once they are fully grown. Feeding should also be reduced when your snake is shedding, while clean water should be offered at all times.
Creating the perfect home for your corn snake
Shredded newspaper and pine bark chips are both great substrate choices for your corn snake. There are plenty of options on the market. Just make sure they are suitable for corn snakes before you buy them. You also need a heat lamp that keeps your tank between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to provide a cool spot and warm half as well as plenty of logs and branches for your corn snake to climb and hide.
A corn snake’s temperament
Corn snakes are perfect for people that want to handle their pet on a regular basis. They are docile and relatively small compared to other breeds. They often love to zoom around their tanks and will bury and hide in the substrate, making them great to watch. Just watch out for your corn snake shaking their tail. They do this to imitate a rattlesnake, and it often means that they feel threatened.
Choosing your corn snake
One of the best things about corn snakes is the fact that they come in so many different colors and morphs. They come in every variety from lavender to orange and just about anything in between. However, be sure to choose a trusted breeder or reptile shop when looking for your new snake. Take a close look to make sure they haven’t retained any skin from shedding, they have clear eyes, and they’re flicking their tongue. Also, watch out for any mites. These are often signs to look for when choosing a corn snake to welcome into the family.
Corn snakes make great pets and brilliant reptiles for first-time owners thanks to the fact they are some of the easiest snakes to care for and keep healthy. Learning everything you need to know about having a corn snake as a pet should help to make sure you keep them happy and healthy.