Caresheet for Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata guttata

Species:E. guttata
Corn Snake



Corn snakes are probably the most common snake in held captivity and they make an ideal snake for beginners. They are also popular choice amongst more experienced hobbyists because of the ease of breeding and the wide range of colouration available. It is said that corn snakes got their name from frequenting grain stores in search of rodents that feed on the corn.


Corn snakes are found throughout the Central and Eastern states of America


Adult corn snakes range from between 120cm -190cm (4ft-6ft).

Life span

15-20 years


When you choose your snake you need to examine it to make sure that it is generally healthy looking and well fleshed. The snake should have clear eyes and nostrils with no cuts or marks. Closely examine for ticks or mites. Hatchlings are often offered for sale, but they can be a bit trickier to care for. A snake that is a few months old and feeding well is ideal.



36x18x18 inches (90x45x45 cm) is the minimum requirement for an adult snake and a tank 48x24x24 inches (120x60x60 cm) is ideal. Younger snakes should be kept in smaller vivariums and hatchlings in plastic kritter keeper type tanks.


Reptile bark makes an ideal substrate for adult corn snakes. Juveniles can be kept on kitchen towel


Corn snakes enjoy moderate humidity, if it is too high this could lead to respiratory problems.


The hot end of the tank should be between 80-90 F (25-30) during the day and night time temperatures should not fall below 65 F (18 C)


A standard spot light at the hot end of the tank is sufficient. Corn snakes like most other snakes do not need ultraviolet light.

Food And Water


Corn Snakes hatchlings should be started on newly born mice (pinkies) and be fed every 5-7 days, as the snake grows so should the size of the food. They will also feed slightly less frequently. Adult snakes should be fed every 7-14 days with an adult mouse or maybe two. The snake may not want to eat whilst it is in its shed which is quite normal, whereas others will. It is a good idea to feed your snake outside of the vivarium in a secure box with air holes, especially if you are housing more than one in your vivarium. This minimizes the risk of substrate being eaten.


Fresh water should always be made available. The bowl should be big enough for the snake to immerse its whole body in the water. This is especially important when the snake is shedding as this helps the process.

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