Each snake breed is different. While keeping a corn snake is a good experience, it may not be for everyone. One must carefully assess the positive and negative things about keeping a snake, and the particular breed of snake they want to keep.
This section outlines the pros and cons of keeping a Corn Snake.
- Docile and easy to tame, inquisitive and active.
- Rarely bite, safe around children if supervised appropriately.
- Easy and simple to take care of, only require feeding every 5-14 days depending on age.
- Grow to a manageable size (5 to 4 feet on average).
- Relatively cheap to buy and not expensive to feed.
- Unlikely to get ill with appropriate care.
- Trouble-free feeding and shedding in captivity.
- Can live for about 15 to 20 years!
- Not as receptive to humans as other animals usually kept as pets.
- Cannot be taught to respond to their names and do tricks.
- Corn Snakes, like most snakes eat rodents so they are not recommended pets for people who may not stand feeding.
- Food only available in reptile shops and online.
- Can live up to 20 years so they may be difficult to rehome.
- Many people are afraid of snakes, so be prepared for guests who may not respond positively to your pet.