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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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