Corn Snakes(Elaphe guttata)
Corn Snakes make wonderful pets. (Actually snakes in general make wonderful pets.) They are clean, quiet, hypo-allergenic and only need to be fed every week to three weeks. They make going on vacation a snap! Most of them tame down very quickly, especially ones obtained as captive bred babies. It has been very hard for me to find information on the Web about Corn Snakes specifically so I have composed a care sheet myself. Anyone with any information they think I should add to it please email me.
Very Basic Corn Snake Care
This is the enclosure that I used
to keep one male and two females in. It is custom built with the dimensions
4'x2'x2.5' There is one big log/stick that goes across the whole thing
and a shelf that you can barely see here. The heating pad is under those
pieces of bark on the left and it is thermostatically controlled.
In 1999 we hatched out 34 baby corn snakes. That was out of 35 eggs which is pretty impressive! I incubated the eggs right alongside the Leopard Gecko eggs in the same incubator at about 82 degrees.
Check out the pile of snakes on the right. This picture was taken when
there were only about 12 snakes in there.
Update: In the summer of 2003 I picked up a male and 2 female hatchlings that are amelanistic (albino) and het for Snow (they carry the gene for "Snow".) They have grown like weeds and much to my surprise both the females laid healthy looking clutches in May of 2005. We shall see what happens. We have 32 eggs altogether.
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In Memory of "Cruiser"This page is in memory of "Cruiser", one of the coolest snakes around. He passed away right after Christmas of 1997. He was a rather large "Okeetee" Corn Snake, at least 5 feet long. He was exceptionally tame, never nipped at anyone. He even let a whole bunch of kids poke him and prod him at the "Kids Fair" many years ago in Hartford. He is missed very much.
This is one of the few pictures I have of him. He happens to be just about to eat here.
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