Corn Snake Care Sheet

 

Congratulate yourself! You are now on your way to becoming a very well-informed and pro-active Corn Snake owner! Finishing this book is a huge milestone for you and your future or present pet, but before this ultimate guide comes to a conclusion, keep in mind the most important things you have acquired through reading this book.

In the previous chapters, we have discussed the characteristics of a corn snake, what it needs, the different tools you will need, the costs of keeping a pet corn snake, how to keep it healthy, and breeding.

It may be a lot of information to take in, so we have compiled a care sheet to summarize the information you can find in this book.

Basic Information

 

  • Scientific Name: Pantherophis guttatus

 

  • BreedSize as they hatch from their eggs: 8 to 12 inches
  • Average size: 2 to 6 feet
  • Maximum adult size: 6 feet
  • Caging: bigger is better
  • Food: Lizards, rodents, birds.
  • Skin Pattern: Similar to corn kernels
  • Color: Yellow, Red, Orange, Black
  • Temperament: docile and calm
  • Health Conditions: have no special health requirements aside from normal snake diseases and health concerns
  • Wild Diet: Feeds on rodents, lizards, and birds.
  • Museum Diet: Mice and small rats.
  • Life Span in the Wild: 10 to 20 years
  • Life Span in Captivity: 15 to 20 years
  • Overall Lifespan: average 20 to 25 years

 

Habitat Requirements

  • Recommended Equipment: Terrarium or snake cage/enclosure, water bowl, substrate, plants, driftwood, moss, and rocks, heat and light sources, thermometer, thermostat, light timer
  • Recommended Day/Light Cycle: 12-12 hours
  • Recommended Temperature: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Recommended Humidity Levels: No required humidity level; light misting
  • Cleaning Frequency: Full cleaning once a month; Regular spot cleaning.

 

Nutritional Needs

  • Primary Diet: Mice, Rodents.
  • Feeding Frequency (Hatchlings): Every five to seven days
  • Feeding Frequency (Adult): Once every seven to ten days
  • Water: Fresh water in a bowl should be always available.

 

Breeding Information

  • Age of Sexual Maturity: 2-3 years old
  • Number of eggs: around 26 eggs
  • Recommended Incubation Temperatures: 82 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Recommended Incubation Humidity Levels: 60 percent
  • Length at Birth: 20 to 28 cm