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Corn Snakes Physical Description and Behavior

(Last Updated On: 19/05/2017)

Corn Snakes

Corn Snakes are also known as Red Rat or Red Corn. These are the snake species originated from Northern America and are widely kept as pets and bred in captivity. In the American early years, southern farmers used to store corn in the crib.

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They usually used to have the problems with rodents attacking the corn, and then they noticed that these red snakes used to come in the crib to eat those rodents. The farmers then started keeping these snakes on the farm so that they can kill all the rodents and the corns will remain safe, this how they got their names. Because of their attractive pattern, docile nature, moderate growing size and reluctance to bite, they are excellent reptile pets to be kept in captivity and are one of the most popular snakes to keep. In the wild these snakes have an average life span of 10 years but in captivity they can live up to 20-25 years, if one wants to keep them as pets then they must keep in mind about giving them their 25 years.

Physical Description

The physical description of these snakes is that the length of adult snake is from the range of 76 cm to 152cm where as the hatchling’s length is 22 cm to 36cm. These snakes are slender and are usually in red color with the color combination of red, yellow, brown, orange and black. This snake is very attractive with striking colors.

According to their physical description, they will have stripes like marking with two colors at the time and the color combination is plain beautiful. Some Corn Snakes may have red eyes while others may have black or brown.

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Behavior of these snakes is that they are shy creatures; if one has spotted them in the while they will most probably run away from the human and hide underground, among the bushes or in a tree log.  One might find them dull in day timings but active during the nights, it is a natural part of Corn Snakes Behavior. They hibernate in colder regions, those present in regions which experience mild winters, they usually hide out in the night and come out during the day to soak the heat from the sun. When a snake is angry, it will vibrate its tail and then strike. If one has kept it in captivity and is reaching to handle it, if the snake moves away from the hand and hides then it means it doesn’t want to be held. These snakes are usually easy to tame and love being handled by humans, on an account a snake keeper told that whenever he returned home after work he will find his female staying close to the glass enclosure and will lift its head up, when the human will put his hand in the cave the snake will happily climb on it. If you find your snake rubbing it’s nose against the tank wall, then it means it either needs a mate (if this happens after the winter season then it means it needs a mate) or that it wants to get out.

If you notice that your snake’s eyes are turning milky blue, then this is a sign that it is ready to shed its skin. As snakes grow, their skin starts getting tight and so there is a need to shed the old skin and grow a new one. For several days the skin will remain milky blue and then once the eyes are cleared it will shed. Over here it is recommended that the owner keeps a close eye during this region. Once the eyes are cleared the owner can soak their snake in warm water, as a result, the snake will shed their skin within 24 hours. The corn snakes behavior is very easy to predict.

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