All About Pet Corn Snakes

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If you’ve ever heard about corn snakes, or known someone who has one, you have likely heard all about how they make great pets. You may even want one for yourself at this point. However, secondhand exposure isn’t always a great way to assess what a certain pet is like to own and raise. To give you a better and more nuanced idea on what owning one of these unique reptiles is like, let’s take a closer look at what life with them would be like.


The corn snake is known for its docile, amicable temperament. These snakes are happy to laze around in a hide or on a branch for hours at a time, taking little interest in anything aside from food. While these snakes may be a bit nervous as hatchlings, they should grow into confident, relaxed animals with proper socialization. If you’re looking for a pet that’s easy to handle and won’t require much interaction on a daily basis, this is an excellent option.


Your corn snake will require relatively little throughout its life to thrive. However, it is still important that you focus on providing your snake with a high-quality setup and maintaining it throughout its life. As an adult, your corn snake will need a 40-gallon terrarium in addition to all of the necessary accessories, such as hides and a water dish. You will also need to keep its climate in check with heating elements, UV bulbs, and thermometers.


In the wild, corn snakes feed off a variety of small mammals, birds, and reptiles. When in captivity, however, they typically thrive on a diet of mice and rats. In general, a healthy adult corn snake can thrive on being fed around three times a month. However, they will need to be fed more frequently as hatchlings and juveniles. They will also need to be fed smaller food items, such as pinkies and fuzzies as opposed to adult rodents.  


When properly housed, fed, and attended to, your corn snake can live up to 20 years. This is a generally healthy animal that will stick around for a while. Before seeking out a corn snake for sale, you should consider various factors such as how you are going to house a reptile for this period of time or how it should be cared for in your absence. Remember, this pet will depend on you for the entirety of its lifetime.

5.Final Thoughts

When properly cared for, the corn snake makes for a wonderfully tempered, lowish maintenance, long lived pet that will form a unique bond with you. However, it is still important that you do your due diligence in understanding how to care for these animals before looking at a corn snake for sale. While understanding exactly what’s involved in raising your new reptile friend can seem like a difficult, involved process, it will be well worth it. In the end, you’ll be better prepared to give your new pet the life it deserves.  

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