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Corn Snake
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Elaphe guttata guttata
Family Name:
Colubridae
Size:
Corn Snake hatchlings are about 9 to 14 inches long. Adults may be anywhere between 24 and 72 inches, though most sexually mature Corn Snakes are at least 30 inches long, and most do not grow larger than 60 inches.
Color:
The Corn Snake's three primary pigments are yellow, red, and black. The wild-type Corn Snake's dorsal ground color is typically reddish, yellowish, or a shade of gray or tan. Darker large blotches, which are usually a red or orange color and outlined in black, run from the neck all the way down the back, and smaller blotches are often present on the sides. The blotch on the neck branches off into two long stripe-like blotches that run along the top of the head, meeting in a point between the eyes. This marking resembles a spearhead. Ventrally the Corn Snake is whitish with staggered black rectangular or square shaped markings that give the underside a characteristic checkerboard appearance.
Diet:
Corn Snakes feed on lizards, amphibians, birds, and small mammals in the wild. Hatchlings primarily prey upon small lizards.
Compatibility with Humans:
Relatively Non-Aggressive
Poisonious:
No
 
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Corn Snake

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Corn Snake Description
  Corn Snakes are very popular pets. They have been proven to be hardy, docile, easily maintained and easy to breed. Corn Snakes were among the first snakes to be kept and bred in capivity. They are very popoular among hobbyists because breeders have produced a wide array of interesting and attractive color morphs of the Corn Snake. Corn Snakes are sometimes referred to as the "Red Rat Snake" because of their reddish coloring and because the are members of the genus Elaphe. Some say the orgin of the name Corn Snake comes from the species tendency to inhabit areas in and around cornfields and places where corn is stored. Others believe it comes from the checkerboard pattern on the snakes underside, which resembles a cob of Indian corn. Corn Snakes are regular inhabitants of wooded areas, rocky hillsides, and agricultural fields in the Southeastern United States. Even though they are known to be terrestrial snakes, they are excellent climbers and have been known to make their way up trees to raid bird nest or in search of other prey. Corn Snakes are mostly nocturnal and will spend its day resting beneath logs, rocks, and leaf litter. They will usually become dormant in the colder months and will breed in the spring. The general lifespan of the Corn Snake is about 12 years.  
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