Corn Snakes Breeding
Corn snakes breeding is very easy. Before breeding, snakes must go under the process called brumation. In brumation, the enclosure’s temperature is lowered for 60 to 90 days; this is like creating a winter environment in the enclosure. During this breeding period, the snake remains dull, or it either hibernates and eats very less. After a period of 60 to 90 days, the owner can bring the temperature to normal gradually.
Once the snake comes out of hibernation, he must be introduced to its mate and this is how human can create an artificial breeding season. When a male is introduced to a female it will start bobbing around the female and then will insert its hemipenes in the female. During this stage, if the female is ovulating then the eggs will get fertilized and then after 30 to 40 days of mating the female will lay eggs in a warm moist corner of the enclosure. In the enclosure during mating season, play sand must be kept moist and warm with basking light; the female will then dig and lays her eggs. During the breeding, the female on n average lays 15 to 25 eggs. After laying her eggs the female will not return and the eggs will hatch by themselves.
After the eggs are laid, the owner can pick those eggs using a spoon and keep them in the incubator with temperature of 82F. After 60 to 65 days the eggs will hatch and the hatchling use their egg tooth to crack the egg open. During hatching their length is only 5 inches. A successful breeding is a sign of excellent care provided by the owner
Corn snakes do not need regular feeding. They must be fed once in every 10 to 15 days. The snakes kept in captivity must be fed with dead prey, please note that this dead prey must be killed by some force such as catching a rat in a cage or other stuff, do not kill the prey by feeding it poison otherwise it will be fatal for your snake. Feeding live prey is highly not recommended in the enclosure. For example if you are feeding a live rat to the snake, and if the snake is not hungry, there might be a fight in the enclosure which might cause injuries to the snake.
Snakes usually eat rodents such as mice and rats. The hatchlings can eat lizards, roaches and one day old baby mice. If one has a Corn Snake, they can buy dead rodents in bulk quantities and then freeze them. Feed your snake after every 10 to 15 days, take out the rat from the freezer, and let it defrost and come to room temperature and then feed it to the Corn Snake. One should hold the rat from its tail using a tong or forceps and put it in front of the snake, the snake will then strike at it. Snakes can also be fed with quail eggs but that should be done once or twice in a month.
Fresh water must be present in their enclosure at all the times. It must be changed on a regular basis. Snakes like to drink and bathe in them.