How to Care for a Pet Corn Snake

How to Care for a Pet Corn Snake

Corn snakes are a popular pet snake species for both beginner and experienced snake keepers. They are docile, easy to care for and come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns.

How to Care for a Pet Corn Snake

In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know to provide proper care for your pet corn snake.

1. Housing

Corn snakes require a spacious enclosure with a secure lid. A 20-gallon tank is adequate for a single adult corn snake, but large corn snakes will require larger spaces.

2. Heating

Corn snakes require a basking spot with a temperature range of 85-90°F and an ambient temperature range of 75-80°F.

3. Lighting

Corn snakes do not require UV lighting but need a 12-hour light and dark cycle to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.

4. Substrate

Use a substrate that is easy to clean and maintain. Aspen wood shavings and recycled paper materials are good choices.

5. Feeding

Corn snakes are carnivorous and require a diet of appropriately sized mice. They eat pinkie mice when they are small and adult mice when they are full grown. Feed your snake once every 5-7 days.

6. Handling

Corn snakes are docile but can become stressed if handled too often. Handle your snake for short periods once or twice a week.

7. Shedding

While snakes don't have fur, they do have skin that sheds. Adult corn snakes will completely shed their skin two to three times a year.

8. Health

Regularly check your snake for any signs of illness, such as lethargy, lack of appetite, or respiratory issues. If you suspect your snake is sick, take it to a reptile veterinarian as soon as possible.