|Corn snakes are beautiful snakes with a gentle
disposition. Over the years, captive breeding of
this species has created an amazing variety of
color morphs that are now available to beginning
hobbyists. They were given the name "Corn"
snake because they were commonly found in
barns where corn was being stored. They enjoy
the shelter that barns create, and the mice and
rats that are attracted to the corn.
- Common Name: Corn Snake or
Red Rat Snake
- Scientific Name: Elaphe guttata
- Distribution: Eastern to Central United States
- Size: 3'-6'
- Life Span: 15-20 yrs.+ years
- Hatchling to juvenile corn
snakes (under 2') can be
housed in a 10 gallon terrarium.
- Adult Corn snakes will need at
least a 20-40 gallon terrarium.
We recommend keeping corn
snakes in an enclosure that is
no shorter than half the length
of the snake.
- A secure, lockable slidingscreen
lid is essential for
safely housing these snakes.
- Zoo Med's ReptiHabitat™ terrariums
are an excellent choice for
- A Repti Shelter™,
Habba Hut™, or Cork Bark
will provide a secure hiding
place to help reduce stress.
- Daytime Terrarium Temperature 75-79°F
- Basking Temperature 85-88°F
- Nighttime Terrarium Temperature 72-75°F
- Create a thermal gradient in your snake
enclosure by placing a heat lamp and an
Under Tank Heater on one side of the
terrarium. Zoo Med's Daylight Blue Reptile
Bulb is a good choice for heating snake
enclosures. By placing the heating elements
on one side of the cage, you will naturally
provide the proper thermal gradient.
- Any of Zoo Med's Thermometers will help you
keep a close eye on terrarium temperatures.
- Keep all hides, such as a Repti-Shelter™
or Habba Hut™ on the cool end of
- An Under Tank Heater or ReptiCare® Rock
Heater is essential to provide belly heat to your
snake while it digests a meal.
- Snakes typically do
not require UVB to
meet their vitamin D
snakes receive UVB
and sunlight in their
natural habitat and
there is new
evidence that they
benefit from UVB
lighting in captivity.
- Zoo Med's
fluorescent lamp can
be used to illuminate
your terrarium and
bring out the full
natural colors of
- Corn snakes will do best
on Zoo Med's Aspen
Snake Bedding™, Forest
Floor™ cypress mulch,
or ReptiBark®. We
recommend a substrate
layer of 2-3" in depth.
- Provide moistened
Sphagnum Moss in a
Repti Shelter™ to
create a humidity
chamber. This chamber
will help your snake
loosen its skin before
- Zoo Med's Eco Carpet™
can be used as a
friendly, and easy-toclean
- Corn snakes can be fed exclusively mice and
small rats throughout their lives. Rodents
provide snakes with the needed calcium and
vitamins. We recommend feeding only
- Have fresh water available at all times.
ReptiSafe® Water Conditioner is a good choice
for removing Chlorine and Chloramines from
- Zoo Med's Corner Bowls are an excellent choice
water bowl for all snakes.
- When choosing the proper sized food item for
your snake select a mouse/rat that is the same
size, or slightly bigger than the girth of
- Hatchlings: Will eat 1 pinkie mouse per week.
- Juveniles: Will eat 1 hopper-adult mouse
- Adults: Will eat 1 appropriately sized rat, or
2 adult mice per week.