Elaphe guttata guttata

 

Corn Snake

(Red Rat Snake)

 


Origin: North America, most common in southeast
southern New Jersey through Florida, west to central Louisiana and southwestern Texas

Size: 2.5-5 ft average, record 6 ft

Age: 21 years average

Active: diurnal

Habitat: woodlands and fields (wherever rodents live)
20-30 gal aquarium; newsprint, paper towels, cypress bark, fir bark, pine shavings, aspen bedding; water bowl large enough for soaking; hide box

Temp.: 75-85F

Foods: mice (pinky, fuzzy, adult, depending on size of snake)

Breeding: brumation: 63 to72F, December to mid-February
breeding to egg laying: 1month
clutch size: 5 to 34, average 12
incubation: 9-12 weeks

Temperament: docile, likes to be held

References:
McEachern, M.J. (1991) Keeping and Breeding of Corn Snakes. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc. Lakeside, CA 92040.
McEachern, M.J. (1991) A Color Guide to Corn Snakes. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc. Lakeside, CA 92040.
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