Corn snakes are well known worldwide for their reputation as pest exterminators and crop stalkers. It comes from North America and is not poisonous at all. Its way of killing is by constricting its prey using its body.
They are not dangerous to humans; on the contrary, they have become common pets among people due to their docile nature.
The name of these snakes is derived from the habitat from which they come. They are closely related to the corn plantations in the fields since it is in that place where they usually hunt rodents. Corn snakes like to hide in cornfields, hunting grounds, abandoned buildings, farms, and warehouses.
Physically they are orange with red spots and have a yellowish pattern on their belly. Adult corn snakes can be between 1 and 2 meters long. They are usually more active at dawn and at night to hunt or move.
There are many things to consider if you want to have a corn snake as your pet. That consists of providing a suitable terrarium, a comfortable environment, food, temperature, and lighting.
Corn Snake Lifespan
Corn snakes have a life expectancy of 10-20 years or even longer if they are in captivity.
The exact lifespan of a wild corn snake has not been stipulated, as they are rarely seen because they are hidden or often flee. In contrast, captive corn snakes can live for a long time, certainly depending on the care that is given.
However, because the corn snake is less careful when it is free, its life expectancy decreases. It is considered that such an animal can live between 6 and 10 years in this situation.
There are times when captive corn snakes die prematurely. That may be due to poor care and carelessness on the part of the owner or the store managers from where it was purchased.
Not anyone can know how to take care of this type of snake, much less the vendors of pet stores, so it is advisable to take your snake to a veterinarian for instructions or consult a professional on reptile care.
If you want a long life for your corn snake, we recommend the following:
- Get a proper enclosure, be it a glass terrarium or a plastic box.
- Buy a good substrate for your snake’s box. It is recommended that the substrates be adaptable to humidity since this breed likes to bury itself in the ground and feel comfortable.
- Your pet’s habitat humidity must be around 50% – 60% or more. You have to create a healthy and balanced skin for your snake since if the humidity is too high, it will cause various infectious or lung diseases. If the humidity is too low, it generates detachment problems.
- Set the correct temperature. Corn snakes are very resistant to any climate. However, cold climates are often not pleasant to them.
- Always keep food in its box.