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Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Common names: Corn Snake

Size: 120cm-180cm is average

Age: Up to 20 years.

Difficulty: Low, they make great pets due to small relatively size and easy husbandry.

Temperature: 75-82°F

Humidity: Low. Water needs to be changed every day.

Housing: 90x45x45 (3ft) is perfectly adequate for an adult Corn, this species spends much of its time hiding so will prefer a smaller enclosure to feel more secure. Small plastic enclosures such as breeder boxes and small faunariums are suitable for hatchling and juvenile Corn.

Heating: Dependent on what enclosures you are heating. Plastic enclosures can be heated using heat mats, whereas wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Substrate: Aspen is a widely used medium for keeping Corn Snakes on. However, Orchid bark and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Defrosted mice.

Natural Distribution: Wide distribution across North America.

Things to note: Corns are widely considered to be the best starter species.