Corn Snake


Date: June 22nd, 2011

Corn snakes are beautiful snakes with a gentle disposition. Over the years, captive breeding of this species has created an amazing variety of color morphs that are now available to beginning hobbyists. They were given the name "Corn" snake because they were commonly found in barns where corn was being stored. They enjoy the shelter that barns create, and the mice and rats that are attracted to the corn.


Corn Snake


  • Common Name: Corn Snake or Red Rat Snake
  • Scientific Name: Elaphe guttata
  • Distribution: Eastern to Central United States
  • Size: 3'-6'
  • Life Span: 15-20 yrs.+ years




  • Hatchling to juvenile corn snakes (under 2') can be housed in a 10 gallon terrarium.
  • Adult Corn snakes will need at least a 20-40 gallon terrarium. We recommend keeping corn snakes in an enclosure that is no shorter than half the length of the snake.
  • A secure, lockable sliding screen lid is essential for safely housing these snakes.




  • Daytime Terrarium Temperature 75-79°F
  • Basking Temperature 85-88°F
  • Nighttime Terrarium Temperature 72-75°F
  • A thermometer will help you keep a close eye on terrarium temperatures.




  • Snakes typically do not require UVB to meet their vitamin D requirements. However, many snakes receive UVB and sunlight in their natural habitat and there is new evidence that they benefit from UVB lighting in captivity.




  • Provide moistened Sphagnum Moss in a Repti Shelter™ to create a humidity chamber. This chamber will help your snake loosen its skin before it sheds.




  • Corn snakes can be fed exclusively mice and small rats throughout their lives. Rodents provide snakes with needed calcium and vitamins.
  • Corner Bowls are an excellent choice for your water bowl for all snakes.

  • When choosing the proper sized food item for your snake select a mouse/rat that is the same size, or slightly bigger than the girth of your snake.
  • Adults: Will eat 1 appropriately sized rat, or 2 adult mice per week.
    • Hatchlings: Will eat 1 pinkie mouse per week.
    • Juveniles: Will eat 1 hopper-adult mouse per week.






    If you have any further questions, email them to, or visit your local CountryMax store today!


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