Latin name: Pantherophis guttatus
Female, hatched 5/23/21, about 11” in length. Eating live and frozen thawed pink mice.
Feeding schedule: 1 item offered every 5 days.
Native to the Midwest United States, Corn snakes are one of the most popular snakes to keep as pets due to their docile temperaments, easy care requirements, and the wide array of colors and patterns they come in. Corn snakes typically don't reach lengths past 5' and stay relatively light-bodied, making them a very manageable size, especially for new snake owners. They can live up to 20 years in human care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: Wide range 20%-50%. light misting can be done 1x daily but is not required.
Tank size: 10-20 gallons for babies/juveniles, 40+ gallons for adults.
Tank type: Standard rectangle-allow for good floor space but some climbing structures as well. Make sure it has a secure sliding door/doors. Sit-atop screen lids for glass tanks are not recommended for these guys, they are escape artists!
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for corn snakes living in glass tanks. Use only a dimmable heat bulb for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or bark substrate 2"deep or deeper. Provide lots of hiding places and some low climbing areas. Provide a water dish that is large enough for the snake to curl up into for soaking.
Feeding frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.