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Cornsnakes are by far the most common first pet snake. They are incredibly easy to care for and have a docile temperament that makes handling quite easy as well. These snakes have been selectively bred to produce a variety of color morph variations, including, but not limited to, those pictured to the right. A Cornsnake habitat can be set up beginning with a 10-gallon size, but these snakes will need to be moved into a larger habitat as they grow larger. Adults should be housed in a 40-gallon or similar size habitat. Aspen bedding is the most commonly used substrate for these snakes, though other options are available. They enjoy burrowing underneath the bedding, so a thicker layer is suggested. A water bowl large enough for soaking should be provided and at least one hiding place. Many Cornsnakes enjoy climbing and hiding in elevated areas, especially as babies. Providing a basking area between 85-90 degrees during the daytime can help encourage the snake to come out of hiding.
Feeding tip: It is always recommended to feed snakes in a container outside of their habitat. This is the best way to help limit any feeding responses from being associated with the habitat. This will also keep any substrate from being ingested while eating. A secure, small plastic container is most commonly used. By keeping this container dark you help ease stress from being moved from their habitat.
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Native To: North America
Adult Size: 3-5'
Care Level: Beginner
Scientific Name: Elphae guttata guttata
Most Active During: Daytime (diurnal)
Life Span: 15+ years
Eats: Frozen/thawed rodents
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